Score for Change: South African Rugby Fan Cycled Over 15,000 Kilometres For Good!
Photo Cred: Ron Rutland | Supplied

Over the last ten years, Ron Rutland has pedalled approximately 80,000 kilometres, traversing over 100 countries between Rugby World Cups.


Johannesburg, South Africa (13 September 2023) – As the Rugby World Cup 2023 kicks off, South Africa is ablaze with excitement for this international sporting spectacle that transcends boundaries.

Rugby, often hailed as one of the “Big Three” sports in the nation, is more than just a game here—it’s a source of national pride and a unifying force that brings South Africans together. In this spirit of togetherness, GivenGain, South Africa’s leading online fundraising platform, invites rugby supporters to extend their love of the game to make a difference in their communities.

The Rugby World Cup 2023 kicked off this September, and South Africa’s passion for rugby knows no bounds. The sport weaves its way through the fabric of the nation, inspiring a sense of unity, pride, and a shared identity. But rugby’s impact extends beyond the stadiums; it has the power to change lives.

While the national teams and their supporters will take centre stage, rugby also plays a pivotal role in uplifting at-risk youth and underserved communities. Rugby programs across South Africa empower young people, teaching them valuable life skills while fostering values of respect, teamwork, passion, and discipline.

From the Stands to Fundraising: Joining the Game

GivenGain recognises that the love for rugby can transcend the sport itself. It can be channelled into making a positive impact on society. South African rugby supporters now have the opportunity to extend their passion for the game to fundraising for local charities that use rugby as a vehicle for change—all online.

GivenGain, a non-profit fundraising tech platform, is the ideal tool for rugby fans looking to make a difference. It empowers supporters to fundraise on behalf of the charities they are passionate about. What sets GivenGain apart is its commitment to transparency—all funds raised go directly to the charity, ensuring that your contribution makes a tangible impact.

Score for Change: South African Rugby Fan Cycled Over 15,000 Kilometres For Good!
Photo Cred: Ron Rutland | Supplied

One South African who has taken the fundraising game to the next level is Ron Rutland. His campaign, “Race To Rugby World Cup 2023,” has already raised just under R300,000 and is steadily growing. What makes Ron’s story remarkable is not just the funds he’s raised but the incredible journey he embarked on.

“Sport (and beer, and food) are some of the easiest ways to connect with people in foreign lands… even if people have never heard of or seen Rugby, pull out a rugby ball, and all barriers immediately evaporate.” – Ron Rutland.

Ron cycled from Australia to Paris to kick off the Rugby World Cup, visiting 25 countries, crossing 22,000 kilometres across four continents from Auckland to Paris over 300 days. Over the last ten years, Ron has pedalled approximately 80,000 kilometres, traversing over 100 countries between Rugby World Cups. During his journey, he supported remarkable organisations but also distributed whistles and connected with people across the world.

Ron’s dedication to fundraising has earned him the endorsement of World Rugby, which entrusted Ron with the very special commemorative match whistle presented to the referee of the opening match of France 2023.

Ron’s fundraising efforts have benefited ChildFund Rugby, which advocates for the right to play and learn in vulnerable communities. They provide essential learning opportunities for children by leveraging rugby’s core values to create an inclusive environment that fosters life skills learning for all. Their belief in the power of sport to change children’s lives gives disadvantaged young people the opportunity to play, learn, and lead.

Join the Giving Game

As South Africa cheers on during the Rugby World Cup 2023, GivenGain invites every rugby fan to become a champion for a cause they care about.

“We know there are more South Africans out there like Ron who have a cause to champion and a story to tell. It’s at the core of what we do—empowering supporters to fundraise on behalf of a charity they care about. We’ve made it quick and easy enough to set up during half-time!” – Jannie Smith, Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa at GivenGain.

Whether it’s through your love for rugby or the generosity of spirit, you can make a significant impact. Join people like Ron Rutland on GivenGain and the rugby-loving community in transforming your passion into action and creating a legacy that will make South Africa and its communities stronger than ever.

So, as the Rugby World Cup 2023 unfolds, remember that your love for the game can be a force for good, and GivenGain is here to help you make that difference, one try at a time.

Score for Change: South African Rugby Fan Cycled Over 15,000 Kilometres For Good!
Photo Cred: Ron Rutland | Supplied

Sources: GivenGain 
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