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14 October 2010 – GOLD Peer Education

GOLD Peer Education

“One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” – NIETZSCHE

So in the beginning there was the Goldfish Portrait, Facing a Century(thank you Dom and Dave! – and the Fishies are currently showing the people in Brazil how to Get Busy Living). And recently, Goldfish, turned into thoughts of GOLD after a conversation with a man called Anthony, who has an inspiring wife, Susannah Farr, who led the founding process of the GOLD Peer Education Development Agency. The vision of GOLD is to see a generation of young African leaders confronting the root issues of the AIDS and HIV pandemic, through uplifting their communities and imparting vision and purpose to present and future generations.

GOLD Peer Education Development Agency (GOLD) is a dynamic non-profit organisation playing a key role in the transformation of under-served communities in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa such as South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana, through the roll out of a long term youth peer education model. The GOLD model uses the methodology of peer education which harnesses the influence that young people have with their peers to encourage youth to make informed choices and develop health-enhancing and purpose driven social norms.

It leaves me so encouraged to see the trails that some people create. Springbok Captain, John Smit’s support of Operation Bobbi Bear ( is one such trail, which I discovered as I worked on his portrait for him. And Susannah Farr’s GOLD PE ( is another. They are not exclusive trails either. You really can walk alongside them for a bit, and even for a bit longer than that if you want to. Do it! Get in touch with both organisations, there are people there who are waiting to meet you.

And for even Nietzche, who was often cynical and dark in his thoughts, to say that we ought to hold on to our hearts…I’m going to pay attention to that, in and amongst the daily and sometimes tiring business of living.


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