Everyday Sporting Hero Winner
Cape Town - Hendri Terblanche has won the 2010 Everyday Sporting Hero, walking away with the grand prize of R10 000.
Hendri is the founder of “Out of the Closet Onto the Rugby Field”, which encourages rugby players to rummage through their closets and donate old rugby gear which is then distributed to players from disadvantaged communities. For Comrades 2010 Hendri decided to run for the Pink Drive in aid of cancer. He injured his knee before the race, but his unwillingness to let down cancer sufferers made him persevere despite pain and discomfort to complete the race.
Hendri, on hearing of his win, said: “Alfred North Whitehead once said: No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
“This would not have been possible without the help of family, friends and sponsors and for that I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Congratulations and thank you to Johnson & Johnson and Sport24.co.za for this great initiative.
“This award means much more to me than personal prestige. It will give much needed publicity to the community projects that I am involved in: "Out of the Closet – On to the Rugby Field", Cape Windjammers Education Trust who develops life skills, leadership skills and environmental awareness amongst South African youths by using the power of off-shore sail-training voyages and the Pink Drive, a non-profit organisation driving education, fundraising and general awareness of breast cancer. It will highlight the needs of the people these programmes aim to assist and will enable me to continue and expand my work among those less fortunate.”
In true Everyday Sporting Hero fashion, Hendri has donated R500 to each other Everyday Sporting Hero monthly winner, because, as he says, “there shouldn’t only be one winner for a competition like this”.
That’s what being an Everyday Sporting Hero is all about.