Children gain with Play it Forward

2016-05-04 06:00
LET’S PLAY and Builders Warehouse have made a worthy donation of sports equipment towards children of the Lebone Village in Bloemfontein. Representatives of the donors, with some of the delighted children at the handing-over, are from the left Avril Snyman (founder/director of Lebone Village), Adrian Templeton, Barbara Aitken, Adrian Dillon and Andries Daemane (Builders Warehouse representative). Photo: Pieter Bruwer

LET’S PLAY and Builders Warehouse have made a worthy donation of sports equipment towards children of the Lebone Village in Bloemfontein. Representatives of the donors, with some of the delighted children at the handing-over, are from the left Avril Snyman (founder/director of Lebone Village), Adrian Templeton, Barbara Aitken, Adrian Dillon and Andries Daemane (Builders Warehouse representative). Photo: Pieter Bruwer

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A WORTHY donation of sports equipment to Lebone Village will go a long way in helping children to be physically active and gradually discovering and realising their potential in sport.

The gesture was made possible by Let’s Play in association with Builders Warehouse Bloemfontein, on 19 April. The donors presented a variety of sports equipment in line with their initiative, Play it Forward.

Continuing to support the initiative, more than 100 bins have been placed in all Builders Warehouse stores countrywide to collect second-hand sports equipment, clothing and footwear.

“We all have unused sports equipment stashed in cupboards and garages, items that have been neglected or were replaced by newer versions. Why not donate the equipment to children who can’t afford to buy new ones? This campaign has had outstanding results, collecting about R500 000 worth of sporting equipment which has helped change the lives of thousands of our children,” said Vaughn Bishop of Let’s Play.

Adrian Templeton, Builders Warehouse manager in Bloemfontein, read a quote from Nelson Mandela, before handing out the sports equipment to the children:

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.”

Lulu Ngcobo, general manager of Lebone Village, said the spors equipment meant a lot to the 38 primary and high school learners.

She said the children did not have access to good-quality sporting equipment and the areas in which they played, could not handle cheap plastic balls, for example. She said the contribution was invaluable.

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