Cape Town - Bryan
Habana’s race against a British Airways’ A380 became a YouTube sensation,
spawned a global challenge and is now benefitting hungry and malnourished
communities in South Africa.
VIDEO: Bryan Habana v BA A380 Superjumbo
of the prolific winger taking on the world’s largest passenger aircraft was one
of South Africa’s Top 10 last year and British Airways’ most popular to date.
gave rise to a competition to emulate the feat, which South African Rudolph
Raath won against three other international competitors. It also prompted
British Airways to offer FoodBank South Africa two Club World (business class
tickets) worth some R60 000 if the clip reached two million views.
South Africa, of which Habana is patron, is a national NPO that rescues food
and facilitates the provision of 11 million meals in communities with the
highest concentrations of hungry or malnourished people.
edible, donated food and where necessary procures basic food items and
distributes these to selected beneficiary organisations that run feeding
started out as a bit of fun caught peoples’ imagination and has had a really
positive outcome and I’m glad to have been part of that,” said Habana at the
South Africa plans to auction the tickets at its annual banquet later this
initially thought that 2 million views was a big target but interest in the
video kept climbing, and it then received a further boost when British Airways
started flying the A380 to South Africa in February,” said Andy du Plessis,
FoodBank South Africa, managing director.
money raised from the auction will be used to continue its food rescue
programme around the country.
Mobeana, British Airways customer services manager hands over the two Club
World tickets to Bryan Habana, FoodBank SA patron and Andy Du Plessis, managing