The Players’ Charity made a R20 000 donation to the Reach For A Dream foundation in Bloemfontein, while several Cheetahs players spent time with the kids with tons of Lego donated on the day.
The Players’ Charity is an initiative established by the professional players in South Africa aimed at contributing to charitable organisations in their communities.
The professional players from Bloemfontein decided to make a valuable donation to the Reach For A Dream Foundation (www.reachforadream.org.za) in the City of Roses.
The Reach For A Dream Foundation believes in the power of dreams. The organisation encourages children to use their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses.
Cheetahs players Oupa Mohoje, Francois Venter, Fred Zeilinga, Uzair Cassiem, Tortsen van Jaarsveld and Shaun Venter were present to hand over the Players Charity cheque, while they also spent time interacting with the children. All parties were entertained with the tons of Legos made available by the Care For Education Lego Foundation, which was the highlight of the day. Panarotti’s and Pete Pizza were also around to donate a yummy lunch.
Francois Venter said it was heart-warming to spend time with the kids during a special day of events.
“I think the Players’ Charity is a great initiative. It was amazing spending time with the children at Reach For A Dream foundation, who are so full of happiness and warmth,” said Venter. “It’s really humbling how they manage to work through their respective unfair and challenging circumstances. As a rugby player, it’s great to give back to our community and to be able to make a difference in the lives of these brave young boys and girls.”
Reach For A Dream Branch Manager in Bloemfontein Yolanda Brown described the Players Charity day as a huge success.
“The players showed amazing heart today. It was really special to see them spend time with the kids, who look up to them as heroes every weekend,” said Brown. “The time spent today will be remembered for a long time. The donation will also go far as it will make five more dreams come true for kids from the Free State, Northern Cape and Lesotho.”