Newlands to honour firefighters
Cape Town - Over
500 firefighters, disaster management, medical and rescue workers will attend
Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby match between the Stormers and the Chiefs at Newlands, as WP Rugby pays tribute to some of the brave men and women who
work tirelessly to fight fires in all regions and communities of the Western
Cape Town's South Peninsula
was hit hard by blazing fires last week - highlighting the incredible bravery
and hard work of our fire-fighters, disaster management, medical and rescue
workers in our region.
The Stormers team chose to
wear red armbands in last Saturday's game against the Sharks, as a small
gesture towards the firefighters in the wake of the Cape Fires, but this week
will see some of our heroes given a bigger platform at Newlands to thank
them for their constant bravery and hard work.
Not only will the
firefighters, disaster management, medical and rescue workers be given tickets
to Saturday's big match at Newlands, but they will take to the field right
before kick-off for a minute of applause.
WPRFU president, Thelo
Wakefield, commented: "This is just a small gesture from us at WP Rugby to
extend our thanks and show our respect to the many heroes who are out there
risking their lives - for all the communities of the Western Cape - throughout
"Last week, in
particular, was a tough time for the Western Cape, with the Cape Fires and
then, also, the tragic bus accident involving Franschhoek RFC last
Saturday," added Wakefield.
"However, during (tough)
times like these it is always heartening to see how people pull together and
true heroes, like the fire-fighters, disaster management, medical and rescue
workers, emerge in the process."
Saturday's match between the Stormers and the Chiefs, the SA and NZ Conference leaders, respectively,
will get underway at 15:00.
Meanwhile, a bucket
collection will also be held at Newlands on Saturday as a fund-raiser for
the Franschhoek Rugby Disaster Relief Fund, in aid of those who were injured or
for families who lost loved ones in last Saturday's tragic bus accident
involving the Franschhoek RFC.
"It was with great
sadness that we learnt about the tragic bus accident involving Franschhoek
Rugby Football Club in the Franschhoek Pass. In all, 26 people were injured and
three people - two rugby players and a spectator - sadly lost their lives in
the accident," said Wakefield.
"I went to visit the club
and the community of Franschhoek last Sunday, along with fellow members of the
WPRFU Executive, and it was very sad to see what an effect, both physically and
mentally, the bus accident has had on the club members and the community of
"We, as the Western
Province Rugby Football Union, have committed ourselves to provide the utmost
level of support to the club, families of the deceased and injured - many of
whom do not have the funds to pay their medical bills - as well as the
community of Franschhoek at large and to help keep this proud and enthusiastic
If you would like to make a
donation towards the Franschhoek Rugby Disaster Relief Fund, the fund's bank
account details are as follows:
Name: Franschhoek Rugby Disaster Relief Fund
Bank: Standard Bank
Account number: 071411097
Branch code: 025009