Bok heroes challenge schools to join #StrongerTogether for R32-12 campaign

Content provided by APO Group. CNBC Africa provides content from APO Group as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. CNBC Africa is not responsible for the content provided by APO Group.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and fellow Rugby World Cup winners Damian Willemse and Herschel Jantjies caused much excitement as they delivered food parcels and a message of hope to a group of Peakview High School learners in Athlone on the outskirts of Cape Town on Thursday.

The trio of Springbok RWC winners – who were accompanied by Blitzbok and Imbokodo captains, Siviwe Soyizwapi and Zintle Mpupha, and representatives of the charity organisation Gift of the Givers – also laid down a challenge to schools across the country to get involved with the campaign.

The school that sells the most tickets in the raffle as part of the campaign, will win a “visit” by the Webb Ellis Cup, while 44 unique prizes are also up for grabs.

The gathering at the Cape Flats school was to raise awareness for SA Rugby’s #StrongerTogether for R32-12 relief campaign, whereby the Springboks are assisting with hunger alleviation through a unique project.

The other charity who will benefit from the campaign – where raffle tickets are sold for R32-12 and the players are giving away some of their most prized possessions from last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan – is Food Forward SA.

Kolisi and the players received a roaring welcome at the school, where only the Grade 12 learners are back as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown regulations.

The Bok skipper and his fellow national teams players handed over food parcels and school stationary to the 67 matriculant learners, while their proud teachers were watching the event in the schoolground.

Willemse and Jantjies were the two youngest members of the 2019 RWC-winning squad and both players said they were excited to be part of the proceedings and happy to be part of the fundraising campaign. Kolisi shared a few words of inspiration with the learners before the handover of the food parcels.

“I am always excited to visit a school, and even more so do it during this challenging time,” said Kolisi, who is giving away a match jersey worn in one of the RWC pool matches last year.

“We know that your very important school year was severely disrupted by the coronavirus and that your communities are suffering because of the negative impact. However, it is important that you show determination to finish your academic year and I want to urge you to work so much harder and just give it your best.

“Our RWC win of last year was the result of a lot of hard work, team work and effort, so you must approach your studies and exams with just as much determination. You are the leaders of tomorrow and even though it is tough at the moment, persevere and do your best to prepare as much as you can for your exams.”

Jantjies said it felt good to give back some of their time to the learners and the community and urged public who haven’t yet bough their raffle tickets, to do so before the end of the campaign early next week.

“I think it is an amazing campaign and I am really honoured to play my part of the Springboks’ initiative,” said Jantjies, whose prize includes a RWC match jersey and “Champions” cap.

“The players all jumped onboard and donated personal items used during the RWC, which is really something special. We want to thank those who have contributed so generously, but we still have a few days to go with some wonderful prizes on offer.”

Willemse, who has donated a Springbok RWC t-shirt and match shorts, said: “The #StrongerTogether for R32-12 campaign is nearing its end and we would like to encourage people to visit https://www.Springboks.Rugby/, buy a raffle ticket for only R32-12 to win one of those amazing prizes up for grabs.

“This unique campaign works closely with Food Forward SA and Gift of the Givers, and they are making a huge difference in the lives of ordinary South Africans all over the country, with a helping hand where possible.”

Other prizes announced so far include Cheslin Kolbe’s scrum cap, Faf de Klerk’s SA flag-print underwear, Rassie Erasmus’s lucky white shirt and a talk to raise funds for the winner’s charity of choice, a personalized RWC Trophy Tour to the house of one lucky winner and Duane Vermeulen’s RWC training jersey – items that can’t be bought.

Gilbert, official ball supplier to RWC 2019 and SA Rugby, has also come to the party and added a limited-edition replica Cup final ball for every winner, commemorating last year’s final.

And ASICS, official apparel sponsor of the Springboks and SA Rugby, have thrown into the prize pool commemorative World Cup GEL-LYTE III sneakers and a new Springbok jersey.

The campaign has been built around the score in the Rugby World Cup final in November, in which the Springboks defeated England, 32-12. To find out more on the campaign, click here (https://bit.ly/2AE6y3V), or you can head straight to Computicket to buy (https://bit.ly/2UXgcp5).

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of South African Rugby Union.

Media Contact: [email protected]

Note to Editors: A rights free image of the SA Rugby group and representatives of Gift of the Givers is attached – please credit Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images.

Media filesDownload logo

Related Content

WHO acknowledges ‘evidence emerging’ of airborne spread of COVID-19

But in an open letter to the Geneva-based agency, published on Monday in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence that they say shows floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in.

Zimbabwe’s health minister, accused of corruption, sacked: statement

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked health minister Obadiah Moyo with immediate effect for inappropriate conduct, a statement from...

Senegal slave island, moved by George Floyd’s death, renames Europe Square

“But we also said to ourselves...that in another sense it is celebrating the persecutor,” he said. “What happened to George Floyd was the final straw.”

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Donation of Personal Protective Equipment from ANPA for COVID-19 response in Nigeria

We are grateful to The Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) for the donation of personal protective equipment as support for the COVID-19 national response. We commend the efforts of public and private entities as we jointly take responsibility in the face of this pandemic.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up for free newsletters and get more CNBC AFRICA delivered to your inbox

More from CNBC Africa

Zimbabwe’s health minister, accused of corruption, sacked: statement

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked health minister Obadiah Moyo with immediate effect for inappropriate conduct, a statement from...

Senegal slave island, moved by George Floyd’s death, renames Europe Square

“But we also said to ourselves...that in another sense it is celebrating the persecutor,” he said. “What happened to George Floyd was the final straw.”

Ivory Coast’s 2020 growth seen sliding to 0.8% due to pandemic

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast’s gross domestic product growth is expected to slow to 0.8% in 2020 compared to a previous forecast...

Omnia delivers solid results from a stabilised business

South Africa's biggest fertilizer producer Omnia was profitable in the year to March after extensively restructuring its business units. Omnia CEO, Seelan Gobalsamy joins CNBC Africa to breakdown the results.

Partner Content

Maktech’s Godwin Makyao: Now Is A Time of Entrepreneurial Opportunity in East Africa

As an executive decision-maker in both the telecommunications and tourism industries, Godwin Makyao could not have experienced a more diverse set of...

Sanlam launches urgent job-preservation initiative in response to COVID-19

Sanlam Investments is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through large-scale support of the recovery of South African companies, from small enterprises to...

Trending Now

Parts of South Africa’s Edcon set for sale to Durban-based retailer

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Parts of South African retail chain Edcon are likely to be sold to private equity-backed Retailability Ltd, administrators in...

Africa to rebound from pandemic slump in 2021 but damage done: AfDB

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa is expected to partially rebound next year from a pandemic-induced economic slump, but it could still lose nearly...

Chinese factories to face headwinds in next phase of post-lockdown recovery

The rosy outlook stands in stark contrast to the dismal industrial landscapes of other economies still fighting COVID-19. Factory output plunged further in May from a year earlier in Japan, South Korea and the United States. Euro zone manufacturing output fell by a record 28% in April.

WHO acknowledges ‘evidence emerging’ of airborne spread of COVID-19

But in an open letter to the Geneva-based agency, published on Monday in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence that they say shows floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in.
- Advertisement -