'Birds' visit Sparrow
As part of their social responsibility programme, Moroka Swallows visited a non-profit organisation called Sparrow near Florida in Johannesburg on Wednesday, where they donated soccer equipment and also held soccer clinics for the Hospice.
Players from a local team called Moscow FC were also invited to participate in the coaching clinics for free of charge.
Upon their arrival at the Hospice, the players and technical team were greeted with smiles from both kids and staff, who also accompanied them during the tour of the building and surroundings.
"It was a moving experience for me to see people who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS," Swallows striker Sandile Ndlovu told the club's official website.
He added: "The experience taught me that as a player one needs to be responsible and take care of his life and to spread the message of hope to people who are affected and infected with this killer disease.
"When these people see us in TV they look up to us and it is up to us as role-models to live a clean life."
Thirteen-year-old Mongezi made an emotional thank-you speech, with some of the 'Birds' contingent finding it difficult to hold back the tears.
"HIV and AIDS robbed me of an opportunity to play soccer with my father and to play with Swallows players whom I look to as my father figures was very nice for me," said Mongezi.
"I want to thank Swallows and the players for taking time off their work to spend time with us."
Sparrow's Dawn Bell also thanked the Swallows players and sponsors for making the day a very special one for them and the kids.
"We are looking forward to giving you our support during your match against Platinum Stars on Sunday afternoon. We'll be cheering the 'Beautiful Birds' all the way," concluded Bell.
Meanwhile, Aubrey Mathibe showed a softer side of his life by donating signed goalkeeping gloves to the Sparrow team.