South African children play "A Game for the World" at Orange Farm township near Johannesburg.


Anne Harmon will present "A Game for the World," a game she invented to help educate people about AIDS and HIV, at 11 a.m. Sunday at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church.

Harmon will be assisted by Natalie Brown, chairwoman of the Methodist Desert Southwest Conference Task Force.

A Game for the World is a board game Harmon developed to improve and expand people's knowledge and awareness of HIV/AIDS in a nonthreatening and open forum.

The game has been played in more than 30 countries and translated into Spanish, French and at least four African languages.

Game for the World clubs have been formed in Tanzania, where high school students play and teach others, including their families.

Of the game, one teacher said, "(It) challenges our ways of thinking, our preconceptions about people, and how that translates into interactions - we need to fight fear, shame and injustice and support those people living with HIV/AIDS, all of which this game does."

Harmon's presentation will involve children as participants. It's free and open to the public.

St. Francis in the Foothills is at 4625 E. River Road, at North Swan Road. For more information, call the church office at 299-9063.

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