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SA Rugby Legends team up with SA Harvest to tackle winter chill


The South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) made a big play for the residents of Alexandra, Johannesburg, as they undertook their Winter Warmer campaign in partnership with food rescue and hunger relief organisation SA Harvest, Cell C, DSV and Richmark Holdings. The campaign, which provided blankets, food hampers, and bulk food ingredients to Omosa Development Centre, benefitted 400 children in the local community, ranging in age from new-borns to 18.

Gavin Varejes (President of SARLA) and Mac Masina (Director of SARLA)

This heartening initiative saw rugby legends Mac Masina, Warren Brosnihan, Jannie du Plessis, Johnathan Mokeuna, John Allan, Krynauw Otto, Henno Mentz, Dave von Hoesllin, and Grant Esterhuizen, amongst others,  team up to personally deliver the much-needed supplies. The campaign was a collaboration with key partners SA Harvest, Cell C, DSV, and Richmark Holdings.

Alan Browde, CEO and founder of SA Harvest, underlined the spirit of partnership that powered the initiative. “Collaboration is crucial in combating food insecurity and supporting our communities,” Browde said. “Our work with SARLA and other partners exemplifies this spirit of unity, and we are proud to have played a part in making this Winter Warmer campaign a reality.”

Food parcels ready for distribution to beneficiaries

The Omosa Development Centre, founded by the dedicated Alice Modiri, a vital force for good within the community, serves the community by providing daily meals to children from Early Childhood Development Centres, orphanages, and organisations for children with disabilities.

 John Smit, CEO of SARLA, emphasised the importance of community outreach in a country where many are living in poverty. “We are extremely fortunate as the SA Rugby Legends Association to be able to use our position to help as many people as we can,” Smit said. “With initiatives like SARLA Winter Warmer, we are  making a difference along with SA Harvest and our proud sponsors Cell C and DSV, and we hope to collaborate with them in this type of community work for years to come.” 

Rugby Legends Jonathan Mokuena, Grant Esterhuizen and Mac Masina with Mam Peggy Chauke, founder of Leratong Joy for One Foundation

Additional donations to the Winter Warmer campaign were generously provided by Rise Against Hunger, the OneFarm Share programme from HelloChoice and Standard Bank, and the Tzu Chi Foundation.

The event’s success reflects the power of unity and compassion in tackling challenges faced by communities, marking an inspiring chapter in SARLA’s community engagement. The South African Rugby Legends Association is looking forward to extending this warmth to other communities and initiating many more such campaigns in the future.

Rugby Legends Gert van der Merwe and Henk de Ridder
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