Sports awards coming up this weekend

2019-07-10 06:00
Merle Christina Bond receiving her award from Yusuf Bhamjee at the 2015 event.PHOTO: supplied

Merle Christina Bond receiving her award from Yusuf Bhamjee at the 2015 event.PHOTO: supplied

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AWARDS Presentation Function of the Sports Veterans’ Association (SVA) is at a very advanced stage. The event, which promises to be a spectacular one, will take place on Saturday, July 13 at the Kharina Secondary School Hall in Bombay Heights.

The legendary Jayson King from Main Events in Cape Town will be the compere for the evening.

Growing up in the culturally vibrant District Six in Cape Town, King immersed himself in the music of Elvis Presley, Engelbert Humperdink and Julio Iglesias among many others during the challenging apartheid years.

Now, at 73 years old and a veteran of the old school, he brings these great musical stars to life in his renowned stage performances.

Shamala Rajah, a highly acclaimed entrepreneur, philanthropist, community leader and a doyen of youth sport in the city, is the guest of honour.

The SVA was established on August 4 at Allandale Primary School in Pietermaritzburg. The aim of the organisation is to bestow honour and recognition to all those sporting personalities who made a significant contribution to the welfare of sport in the various communities in the greater Pietermaritzburg and the northern KZN region. Whilst it caters for those from all codes of sport, the SVA also recognises certain individuals for their dedicated contribution towards community upliftment.

In order to fete these overlooked and accomplished people, presentation functions are held to present awards to the most deserving individuals, who have been and are selected according to a prescribed stringent criteria embodied in our constitution.

The president of the SVA, Terence Hoskins, said: “While we pay tribute to our heroes and heroines and look back with pride, we also look forward with a great deal of expectancy and the knowledge that, as the present custodians of the SVA, we have an enormous responsibility to keep the hopes and dreams of our predecessors alive. We believe that men and women from the various codes of sport and different social and economic conditions can assemble together and unite for sportsmanship and self-improvement.”

The SVA also realises that the great achievements of the past will be the basis for further advancement in the future. Hoskins further commented: “We have reinforced our ideal in the past nine years that every woman, man and child, regardless of racial origin, is worthy of and should be treated with respect as befits the essential dignity of all human beings.”

In the recent month, the SVA received a massive boost with the announcement that African Bank will be a major sponsor for the aforementioned function. In expressing the organisation’s delight, Jay Rangiah, the treasurer of the SVA, said: “This sponsorship has the power to generate enthusiasm among the sporting fraternity like no other sponsorship deal. It is a good fit for African Bank. It’s partnership with the SVA fits perfectly with the bank’s brand values that reflect their brand image.

This is, indeed, a very attractive proposition for both parties.”

Rangiah also commented on the magnanimous support the SVA receives from the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation. “The department is keeping with its mission to maximise opportunities through the promotion, development and transformation of sport and recreation to create cohesive and sustainable communities and enhance the quality of life of the people in this city.” said Rangiah. “The efforts of this department will assist in sustaining the SVA as a truly professional, reliable and independent one.”

The SVA also acknowledge the very generous financial contributions, viz. the Vassie Rajah Foundation and Shanny Perumal from Back 2 Pack, which augurs well for the event. The function is a “strictly by invitation only”, and those attending are requested to produce their invitation upon arrival. For more information on the Awards Presentation Function, please contact either Terence Hoskins at 072 569 9839 or Jay Rangiah at 083 450 8202. — Supplied.

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