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In Africa, Fatboy
Slim plays soccer, pushes HIV awareness

In Africa, Fatboy
Slim plays soccer, pushes HIV awareness

Renowned British DJ Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, recently completed a weeklong trip to the West African nation of Mali, where he worked to foster dialogue about HIV among the nation's children, reported the BBC.

Cook participated in a program called Coaching for Hope, an affiliate of the development agency International Service, where volunteers teach and play soccer with African children. In addition to the sports, there were art activities and informal discussions pertaining to HIV/AIDS prevention.

"I was just astounded by my lack of talent at art, matched only by my lack of talent at [soccer]," Cook told the BBC. "I think when I get home I'll stick to music."

Despite the obstacles, Cook remains optimistic about the entire endeavor: "If it saves one life, it's worth doing it."

International Service is also administering similar programs in Latin America and the Middle East. (The Advocate)

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