The Players’ Charity made a R12 000 donation to the Helen Bishop Home – an organisation that takes care of children and young adults with disabilities.
The Players’ Charity is an initiative created by the professional players in South Africa aimed at contributing to charitable organisations in their communities.
Every year, professional rugby players in South Africa have the opportunity to make donations to worthy causes in their playing communities.
The professional players in Kimberley decided to make a valuable donation to the Helen Bishop Home.
The Helen Bishop Home is a Residential Care Home for children and young people with disabilities. These children and youth range from birth to 18 years of age. It is the only service of its kind in the Northern Cape, caring for nearly 70 children, many of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, infected with or affected by HIV.
The Helen Bishop Home also provides medical care, including corrective orthopaedic surgery, along with nursing care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, horse-riding, educare and other forms of stimulation. We also provide counselling services for children who have been abused or otherwise traumatised.
Griquas players AJ Coertzen, Liam Hendricks, RJ Liebenberg, Wendal Wehr and Ederies Arendse dedicated time to spend with the kids and carers from the home, who were invited over to the rugby stadium.
After handing over the donation, Coertzen said it was awesome being able to make a difference in the community.
“The Helen Bishop Home is an important charity because they take care of those who struggle to take care of themselves. Life is difficult on it’s own, so having to live with a disability is really tough on these children. It’s amazing to hear how the team at the Helen Bishop Home does so much hard work to uplift these youngsters, who can go on an aspire for more in life,” he said.