Members of Hackney RFC, Iain Richards & Michael Collinson

The Florence in Angel was recently the venue for a Q&A session with Michael Collinson, the President of SKRUM. The Evening was organised by Iain Richards, one of SKRUM's ambassadors.

The session was a great opportunity for members of Hackney RFC to find out more about what life is like for children in Swaziland & how Michael is using rugby as an education tool within SKRUM.

SKRUM is a charity set up in 2007 by Michael & his wife Linda that is using rugby in Swaziland to help reverse the trend in HIV/AIDS infection.

Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known rate of HIV/AIDS infection - 42% of the 958,000 population. The average life expectancy is a lowly 32 and 31% of all youth are orphans & vulnerable children. It is projected that without bold action these frightening statistics will worsen by up to 25% by 2010.

It was great to hear Michael speak about something that he is so passionate about & for many in attendance it was a real eye-opener. Needless to say, Hackney RFC would like to raise as much money as possible to help this great cause. Club Development Officer Ollie Hart's MO-vember concept will hopefully be the first of many fundraisers.