Stormers blow away Flamingo community

2015-12-15 11:04
Stormers rugby players Scarra Ntubeni (left) and Nic Groom paint the Flamingo Crescent informal settlement’s creché in Lansdowne with fire-retardant paint.

Stormers rugby players Scarra Ntubeni (left) and Nic Groom paint the Flamingo Crescent informal settlement’s creché in Lansdowne with fire-retardant paint. (Carina Roux)

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The residents of Flamingo Crescent in Lansdowne were in for a pleasant surprise on Wednesday when members of the Stormers rugby team visited them to pledge their involvement in a fire safety project.
People’s Post has previously reported on Transception’s ongoing Khusela Ikhaya project, which covers informal houses with the fire-retardant paint which protects the shacks and prevents the spread of fires.
Justin Zietsman, CEO and founder of Transception, said last week that sport played an important role in uniting and strengthening communities.
“Sport integrates like no other and unites our country. The idea of what we are trying to do is to partner with some big sporting foundations.”
Before the rugby players suited up to begin painting, the residents got to see a live demonstration of how the paint protects structures in a fire.
Scarra Ntubeni, Stormers hooker and brand ambassador for the Khusela Ikhaya project, expressed his joy at finally having the project roll out in informal settlements in the city.
“It is really nice to see the guys coming through and help out with this initiative. All we are doing now is asking corporates and government to get involved,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lenrika de Koker, community leader of the Flamingo Crescent informal settlement, was ecstatic at the visit by some of the community’s heroes.
“It means a lot to us, because everyone is excited, from the children right up to the adults. It’s not every day that we get these people to come out to our community,” she said.
She also added that she hoped the project went a long way in helping the community uplift themselves, with the risk of them losing everything they own through fire being reduced. Everyone welcomed the initiative, she said.
Stormers scrumhalf Nic Groom said taking part in the initiative meant a great deal to him.
“It’s a special day. I live 5km away and live a completely different lifestyle and it is not really right. We are all the same community here and everyone needs to do whatever they can to help out. There is no real degree of kindness, coming here and holding a paint brush for a couple of hours is really nothing out of your day and the fact that it makes such a big difference to literally my neighbours is pretty special.”
Groom said although he endorsed the initiative, he called on the public and businesses to come and see for themselves instead of taking his word for it.
“I think it won’t be money wasted and you will be making a huge difference to people’s lives and it goes towards rebuilding communities.”

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