After two months of planning and preparations, the Red Cross basketball tournament in Tsiroanomandidy was finally due on Saturday 18. March. We believe that when youth have an opportunity to practice sports they are more likely to develop healthy habits. The basketball tournament was arranged to promote a healthy lifestyle and social inclusion and we therefore invited youth across the community to participate in the full day sports event.
In addition to the matches, the youth volunteers had prepared other activities during the day of the tournament. The volunteers performed a first aid simulation, so that the public could watch and learn, both how basic first aid is conducted and to get to know one of the activities of Red Cross. There were also volunteers responsible for and who ran a kiosk and volunteers who shared information about the work of Red Cross and who recruited new volunteers.
We had also invited a local dance group to perform several times during the day as entertainment between the matches.
Prior to the basketball tournament, we promoted the event in the local community and this created public engagement. Local radio and national TV covered the event and about 300 people were present to watch the final. In other words, the tournament was a great success!