The The South African Rugby Legends Association continues to help underserved communities. This weekend, they donated basic food baskets and some essential items to two homes for the elderly in Mpumalanga.
Rugby legends are in the province as part of their initiative to help needy communities, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also hosted a children’s training clinic in Ngodwana, near Waterval Boven.
The Silverdays nursing home in Ngodwana is among the homes that are in serious need of financial assistance. It is on the verge of collapse. It is home to 30 elderly people, most of whom depend on government social benefits.
The legends donated food packages to the asylum. The gesture could not have come at a more appropriate time.
Silverdays manager Sonya Stoltz says most people in this retirement home are needy.
“Most people were taken from the streets and the encampment camps. Therefore, we fully rely on our donor assistance system. We have wonderful donors who support us, but we need more help. Everything is more expensive and we are struggling to keep our heads above water. Therefore, any donation will be more than welcome so that we can move forward and take care of these elderly people. “
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The legends also ran a training clinic for children in Ngodwana.
Speaking on behalf of the South African Rugby Legends Association, former Springbok coach Ian McIntosh said he hopes to discover talent in previously disadvantaged areas.
“We go to many underprivileged areas and do clinics to bring talent and we were invited by Sappi to come today and help with the distribution of food to the local community. And also to help in the coaching clinic. So, we have 20 coaches who played for Springboks or high level, working with children in groups. They will be kicking and will know how to pass the ball, support the ball and put them in motion ”.
Some of the trained young people hope to get into sport and escape poverty.
Food baskets were also donated to the Wenakker Nursing Home in Lydenburg on this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
The @SARugbyLegends will go to Ngodwana in Mpumalanga this weekend.
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