The South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) is, first and foremost, an advocate for the upliftment of disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa.
Through their VUKA Rugby programme and other charitable initiatives, SARLA traditionally directs its efforts at enriching young people and local communities through sports development.
However, with all sport on hold during lockdown, SARLA members are now finding other ways to help.
SARLA’s network of rugby legends, players and businesses are coming together to help the needy deal with the immediate effects of Covid-19 on their livelihoods and ability to feed themselves.
SARLA leadership actively encourages everyone in their network to do their part to help fight the effects of the pandemic; and so far, many have stepped up to answer the call.
On Sunday, rugby legends past and present - John Smit, Elton Jantjies, Joel Stransky and Warren Brosnihan - along with other familiar faces, flexed their muscles to fill trolleys Pick n Pay, Morningside Shopping Centre.
Each player grabbed a trolley and packed it with essentials like beans, pap, and sugar, then pushed their trolleys to the car park to unload and put together food parcels. Once parcels were packed, each player took them to be handed out to needy people in their area of choice.
South Africa’s Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, also arrived to lend a hand with the food parcels.
Gavin Varejes, president of SARLA and CEO of Richmark Holdings, said, “I couldn’t be prouder of how our boys have stepped up to feed our communities. And I really hope that they serve as an inspiration for others in this challenging time.
“We’ve seen our network and our sponsors come off the bench to help out in a big way to fight the effects of Covid-19. We are hopeful that we can play a part in getting South Africa to bounce back quickly.”