Donors made Turkey tour possible

2020-02-11 06:01
The touring squad of the Rangers Rugby club in Surrey Estate before their departure at Cape Town International Airport.

The touring squad of the Rangers Rugby club in Surrey Estate before their departure at Cape Town International Airport.

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Selling 645 burgers at a braai was one of the fundraisers by Rangers RFC in Surrey Estate to make their rugby tour to Turkey possible.

It was 25 senior members who went on tour on Thursday 6 February and will return on Monday 17 February.

“We are extremely excited and proud that our senior team embarked on this journey to Turkey. We will play against Ottomans in Turkey but we are also looking forward to sightseeing, visit the Blue Mosque and taking a boat trip to Asia,” says Adiel Abbas, executive member.

“The aim of the tour is to reignite the flame between players, as the club has sadly dropped to Super League C. We are eagerly trying to develop a ‘rugby culture’ that will be sustainable for the community. The opportunity to bond as a fraternity whilst experiencing a new culture is an interesting learning adventure. This journey will also allow the club an opportunity to foster a sustainable and successful relationship with our Turkish counterparts,” he says.

Nazeem Jones, the tour manager, stated that a lot of hard work had gone into planning the tour. He commends the players for their determination and hard work, which was needed to raise funds.

“The club had numerous fundraisers in a short period, many players hosted their own fundraisers so that all expenses could be covered. Many people thought the tour would not happen, however this motivated the players and Exco to ensure that everyone’s hard work would pay off. This attitude is one we intend to foster and use throughout 2020 and in each game this year,” Abbas says.

Two senior players Ishma-eel Allie and Hishaam Samaai, who started the initiative, said all the players made financial sacrifices and offered up their time to make the tour a reality. Once all the tickets were booked and confirmed the players were a bit more at ease.

Rangers president Nur Peters wished the team a safe journey and thanked the sponsors, who assisted the club.

“Going on tour has always been our dream, and the team is excited to represent not only the club but also the community of Surrey Estate,” Peters says.

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