Cobras give a hand for Madiba Day

2015-07-28 13:55
Cape Cobras, Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) and Shoprite South Africa’s with the residents who benefited from the campaign.

Cape Cobras, Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) and Shoprite South Africa’s with the residents who benefited from the campaign.

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In support of Mandela Day the Cape Cobras, Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) and Shoprite South Africa handed out 67 blankets, 250 cups of vegetable soup and bread to needy and homeless people.

The group handed out the food and blankets to residents of Philippi, Lansdowne, Wynberg and Gugulethu.

The Cobras and WPCA joined forces with the retail chain to help in their winter campaign #actsofwarmth as part of Mandela Day celebrations.

Nabeal Dien, CEO of the WPCA and the Cape Cobras, says it was “an overwhelming success” and there were several moments which left the eight participating Cape Cobras players, WPCA staff members and Shoprite team with a collective lump in the throat.

“The spontaneous joy with which our outreach was received, touched us.

“The magnitude of the need in some settlements also left an indelible mark on us. We realised that some of the homeless were without shoes or even warm clothing. Making a small difference to the lives of the people is deeply satisfying and gratifying,” Dien­ adds.

He says devoting 67 minutes and more of their time to acts of kindness in celebration of Mandela Day is a heart-warming initiative to help people who are poverty-stricken and in need of kindness and physical support.

The Cape Cobras coach, Paul Adams, the captain, Justin Ontong, and senior players, including Justin Kemp, Omphile Ramela and Beuran Hendricks, were part of the initiative to hand over blankets, soup and bread.

The Cobras were brand ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Foundation last year and displayed the 46664 number on their arms and chests when playing.

Visit the team’s page on Facebook at and follow @CobrasCricket on Twitter.

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