Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and fellow Rugby World Cup winners Damian Willemse and Herschel Jantjies delivered food parcels – and a message of hope – to excited Peakview High School pupils in Athlone, in the Cape Flats, earlier in June.
Accompanied by Blitzboks and Imbokodo captains Siviwe Soyizwapi and Zintle Mpupha, along with representatives from non-profit organisation Gift of the Givers, they also used the opportunity to challenge schools across South Africa to get involved in SA Rugby’s #StrongerTogether for R32-12 campaign.
The school which sells the most tickets in a raffle as part of the campaign will win a “visit” by the iconic Webb Ellis Cup, which the Boks claimed in the Rugby World Cup final in Japan in 2019. There will also be 44 additional prizes up for grabs.
The Springboks are giving away the shirts off their backs and the boots off their feet to help raise money for those affected by COVID19.— Springboks (@Springboks) May 19, 2020
Buy a ticket for R32-12 and get in the game to win some of their most prized possessions. HERE: https://t.co/IKbsO2btt5 #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/BwkFAWbfqU
#StrongerTogether for R32-12 is a relief campaign that will see the Springboks assisting with hunger alleviation.
Food Forward SA is the other charity to benefit from the campaign, which will see raffle tickets sold for R32.12 and the Boks giving away some of their most prized possessions from the Rugby World Cup.
Kolisi and co received a hero’s welcome at the school, handing out food parcels and school stationery to 67 grade 12s.
Kolisi told pupils: “I am always excited to visit a school and even more so during this challenging time.”
The Bok captain is giving away a match jersey he wore in one of last year’s World Cup pool matches.
“We know that your very important school year was severely disrupted by the coronavirus and that your communities are suffering because of the negative impact,” Kolisi said.
Members of the Springbok team surprise the matriculants of Peak View High School in Athlone with stationery and food hampers as part of the #StrongerTogether for R32-12 campaign.— Springboks (@Springboks) June 27, 2020
Get your ticket to win one of 44 pieces of RWC memorabilia HERE: https://t.co/CL37TOjZjO@Giftof pic.twitter.com/3cdwPQaLV8
“However, it is important that you show determination to finish your academic year and I want to urge you to work so much harder and just give it your best.
“Our Rugby World Cup win of last year was the result of a lot of hard work, team work and effort, so you must approach your studies and exams with just as much determination.
“You are the leaders of tomorrow and even though it is tough at the moment, persevere and do your best to prepare as much as you can for your exams.”
Willemse and Jantjies were the two youngest members of the World Cup-winning squad.
Jantjies said it felt good to “give back” to community, and urged the public to buy raffle tickets before the end of the campaign early this week.
Jantjies’s prize includes a World Cup match jersey and “Champions” cap.
Willemse, who has donated a Springbok World Cup T-shirt and match shorts, said: “The #StrongerTogether for R32-12 campaign is nearing its end and we would like to encourage people to buy a raffle ticket for only R32.12 to win one of those amazing prizes up for grabs.”
Other prizes include Cheslin Kolbe’s scrumcap, Faf de Klerk’s SA flag underwear, Rassie Erasmus’s lucky white shirt and a talk to raise funds for the winner’s charity of choice, a personalised RWC Trophy Tour to the house of one lucky winner, and Duane Vermeulen’s World Cup training jersey.
Gilbert, official ball supplier to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and SA Rugby, have added a limited-edition replica World Cup final ball for every winner.
ASICS, official apparel sponsor of the Boks and SA Rugby, have contributed commemorative World Cup GEL-LYTE III sneakers and a new Springbok jersey.
The campaign is named after the score by which the Sprinboks won the Rugby World Cup final against England.