Gangtok, January 10, 2012:
The Red Five Open Football Tournament kicked off on Tuesday here at Tathangchen Guards Ground, Gangtok. Total of 40 teams participated in the opening day matches, out of which 20 teams have been eliminated. More than 100 teams from Sikkim’s all the four Districts have registered for the tournament.
The Red Five Open Football Tournament is part of the ongoing Red Fest organized by Sikkim State AIDS Control Society to generate awareness about HIV and AIDS and drug abuse, especially among the youth. It also aims to bring about positive behavioral change among the youth, reinforce the message that youth should stay away from drug abuse and promiscuous behavior and embrace sporting activities.
The tournament will be organized in all four Districts. Winners from each District will play against each other for a place in the finals. The State level winner will be rewarded with a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. The runners up will receive Rs. 30,000.
SSACS in its endeavor has support from NGOs such as Serenity Homes, Hope
Foundation, Sikkim Network of Positive People (SNP+), and Recovering Users’ Network (RUN). Nayuma Television and 93.5 Red FM are the media partners of Red Fest.