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2005-02-08-Aids victims get help from player
A Leeds United footballer has flown to his home country of South Africa to deliver medical equipment which will be used to treat people with Aids.
Defender Lucas Radebe is visiting Leeds' twin city Durban with supplies paid for by a charity set up by the city council.
More than 1,000 home care kits will be given to the city. It is thought 930,000 people in Durban are HIV.
Lord Mayor of Leeds Chris Townsley has accompanied Mr Radebe on the trip.
The home kits will be used by volunteers to treat patients who either live too far away or cannot afford travel to hospitals or clinics.
The visit coincides with the launch of an organic farming project launched by Leeds-based company Corrocoat Ltd.
The anti-corrosive supply firm has a factory in Durban and hopes the scheme will help train and equip a women's farming co-operative.
Mr Radebe said: "I am touched that people in my adopted home of Leeds are prepared to help those people in my true home in South Africa.
"My country faces many challenges today, and both the care kits and the farming project will make real differences to people's lives."
Obed Mlaba, mayor of Durban, said the help was a "welcome show of solidarity".
"Aids is a global problem and it is encouraging to see any international effort in the fight against it," he said.