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Siya Kolisi, John Smit, Jean de Villiers, Corné Krige, Bryan Habana and Percy Montgomery were just some of the rugby stars helping to feed others.


Rosmead, South Africa (18 August 2020) – South African rugby greats helped to fill a few hundred grocery bags with essential food items and distributed to nominated charities recently.

SUPERSPAR Rosmead was a hive of activity as the legends, which included 4 Springbok captains and 4 players who have represented their country in more than 100 tests, muscled in, to shop and then pack and distribute the bags. The likes of Siya Kolisi, John Smit, Jean de Villiers and Corné Krige, as well as Bryan Habana and Percy Montgomery, showed that they are used to working as a team, and getting the job done, off the field as well. All for a good cause.

The Stormers were the latest rugby franchise to take up the South African Rugby Legends Association’s (SARLA) #Rugbyunites charity challenge. Competing rugby unions from KZN, Gauteng, the Free State, the Eastern, and now, Western Cape have all pitched in to shop and put together food parcels to help hungry communities affected by COVID-19. Over 10,000 food parcels have been distributed over the past 12 weeks.

The bags packed at SUPERSPAR Rosmead were distributed to three charities, Stepping Stones Sport, Unchain the Plain and Safe House Stellenbosch.

The #RugbyUnites challenge is sponsored by Cell C and Richmark Holdings; and was originally created by SARLA President and Richmark Holdings CEO, Gavin Varejes. Elton Jantjies was the first captain to take up the challenge, and then to encourage the other rugby franchises to do the same.

“It’s been incredible over the last few weeks during lockdown to get together as a rugby family and help those who are struggling, and having more difficulties, many of them not knowing where the next meal is coming from.” – John Smit

Bryan Habana said that as an ex-player it was a privilege to be involved.

“United we can make a massive difference.”

Sources: Press Release
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