SKW contribute to less fortunate

2018-07-24 06:00

The rugby club Schotse Kloof-Walmers in the Bo-Kaap is not only a community based club but management and players strive to contribute to the less fortunate. When the juniors are in action on Saturdays they not only play the game but also provide a hot meal and other refreshments to opposing teams.

“As part of the clubs culture we believe in spending time with the less fortunate, whether it is through our feeding schemes, coaching clinics or distribution of food parcels in the informal settlements surrounding Cape Town. This allows our players to form an awareness of being socially responsible and leading by example,” says Gamiem Khan, president of SK-Walmers.

A few years ago the players started with their social commitment with making one 100F pot feeding those needy themselves as a way of bonding and social interaction. Within a few short years the output was 21 100F pots in 2016 feeding the broader Western Cape community as far as Strand, Sir Lowry’s Pass, the Cape Flats and Samora Machel.

“We started feeding 220 hungry mouths and in 2016 reached over 4000. We haven’t tallied the total for this year as it is not important, as long as someone has a cooked meal for one day. The commitment doesn’t stop with handing out food, players and the SKW community selects one community every year to cook for them and we will then sit down and enjoy the same meal with the people from the community,” he says.

Players and community members from the Bo-Kaap donate food items and the club make food parcels which include basic staple food items to feed a family of four for one week. The same food parcels are also handed out to needy recipients within the immediate and close vicinity and other communities.

“For the last few years SKW has ‘adopted’ various youths from disadvantaged communities, like Samora Machel, Bellville, ad the Cape Flats under their banner and they have now become a part of the SKW family. All junior players as well as opposing teams are fed a warm meal and refreshments after each match played as we have discovered that for some of these youngsters it was the only solid meal they receive a day,” he says.

The club also have a “sponosor a child” initiative where those youngsters who are unable to afford a decent pair of boots are either bought a new pair or receive a donated pair by any of the players, members, executives or sponsor.

“Our SKW Academy of Excellence coaching clinics are organised throughout the year to give back to not only our youth but all those who needs the extra bit of skills training from qualified coaches, provincial players and other sporting fraternities to help with their qualifications. The Academy not only provides the youth with the extra training but they have gym sessions, religious, social and educational classes to assist the boys with their goals in life,” he says.

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