Tugging at our boot straps

2019-04-24 06:00
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JUST a few weeks ago, the South African Rugby Legends (SARLA) were deeply moved by a Facebook post by a Maritzburg College old boy, Michael Bennett, who had just experienced an event which once again illustrated the inspiring ability of rugby to transform our country.

Bennett, performing medical duties at Maritzburg College, had just watched an exciting match between Maritzburg College’s 10th rugby team and Hilton College, when he noticed some unusual activity taking place on the field between College’s U16C team and a local development team from Edendale, coached by Lion Mduduzi.

A heart-warming story, Bennett watched how, when it became obvious to Martizburg College’s 10th rugby team that some of the development team players entering the field did not own boots, they lent them theirs without hesitation.

SARLA picked up on this beautiful act of humility and display of true sportsmanship and immediately put out a call on social media for assistance and support. This resulted in support from Puma in the form of boots and SARLA contributed jerseys, in addition to the offer of free eye testing and support for all players by Execuspecs, Westville Mall.

Stefan Terblanche, the CEO of SARLA, said: “An event such as this epitomises the very essence of our values and the great work our legends continue to do, hand in hand with SA Rugby in supporting both the growth and the transformation of rugby across our beautiful country.

“An event such as this is a proud indication of the success of the development of rugby in our country to date and a major reason for SARLA’s initial founding by Gavin Varejes, SARLA’s president. Through the support of our rugby Legends, SA Rugby and our many corporate sponsors, we are able to fulfil our mission, impacting the lives of so many of our youth.

“This beautiful story garnered the support of leading sportswear brand Puma, securing 30 pairs of boots, in addition to jerseys from SARLA and eye testing and support from Execuspecs. Further, SARLA will ensure a further donation of balls and cones to the development team.

“When I shared this story with some of the legends, they expressed their immense pride for the work we do to develop and transform rugby in South Africa. We are so fortunate to be inspired by our work which impacts the lives of so many young South Africans.”

“We thank Michael Bennett and Zola Mazwi for bringing this story to light and hope that all of those who love rugby as much as we do and believe in its ability to transform lives will take action in the same way when they spot the opportunity,” he added.

— Supplied.

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