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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
HIV/AIDS Cape to Johannesburg Trek Ends
Ndivhuwo Khangale
October 22, 2003
Star (South Africa) (10.22.03) - Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Three German athletes hoping to raise HIV/AIDS awareness by running and cycling from Cape Town to Johannesburg finished their journey yesterday at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. Joachim Franz, Dr. Michael Str�hmann, and Daniel Dost were accompanied by an 18-member team comprising doctors and technical supporters. The absence of top government officials who had been expected to officially welcome the trio did not seem to bother them. They were joined by at least 45 South African athletes from the Masibambanane Community Project, an HIV/AIDS project based in Cape Town, to form the South Africa Run & Bike for Help. The Germans, who were led by Franz, visited schools, community centers and public venues on their trek, which began Oct. 7. "The money that I will raise through this project, which is expected to be up to R1.5 million (US$215,000), will all be donated to HIV/AIDS in South Africa in April next year," Franz said.