Orange Farm:Australian players on Wednesday were seen batting for a cause, and doing their bit to spread AIDS-awareness in the country with the highest incidence of the disease.
Now South Africa has the highest incidence of AIDS in the world. And who better to spread awareness about that now, than cricketers from the country with the highest win-rate of them all.
A few members of the Australian team, who are of course the favourites to lift the Twenty20 World Cup next month, took some time out, to bat for this noble cause.
One leads the bowling attack, while the other is an attacking batsman. But on this occasion, Nathan Bracken and Brad Hodge were out to spread AIDS awareness, and educate kids about how to defend themselves against this deadly disease.
The two cricketers visited the Lovelife Orange Farm Y-Centre, in a township just 45km south of Johannesburg, to support the International Cricket Council's partnership with UNAIDS and UNICEF.
"If we can make people more aware around the world maybe there is some bloke that sits in England that enjoys his cricket, that sits down and maybe he sees it in the newspaper and says 'oh, that's a great idea I want to get involved in that' and sends some funding or some way to help out," said Nathan Bracken, Member, Australian Cricket Team.
"Now, often, we lot staying in a little corner over there in Australia, we do not get involved in these issues but certainly it is a big issue for rock stars, all sorts of politicians so maybe it is time for sportsmen to get involved," said Brad Hodge, Member, Australian Cricket Team.
Local health officials are taking this chance to involve some top cricketers like Bracken, Hodge, Graeme Smith, Kumar Sangakkara and Yuvraj Singh, in the fight against AIDS.
These stars will feature in public service announcements for the AIDS campaign there. And also do what they won't during the Twenty20 World Cup, which is of course to encourage their team-mates to go steady and play it safe.