CSA contributes on Madiba Day

2014-07-18 13:49
Haroon Lorgat (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa (CSA) commemorated Nelson Mandela Day by making a contribution to the education of young children at the SOS Children’s Villages South Africa’s Mamelodi branch on Friday.

The organisation turned an unused storage container into a mobile library to be used by the children of the Village and the surrounding Mamelodi East community.

CSA enlisted the help of publishing house, Pearson South Africa, to fill the library with reading and exercise books for the primary school aged children of the Village.

“Mandela Day should remind us of the many blessings we have enjoyed over the past 20 years and also of the enormous gratitude we owe to Madiba, the father of our nation,” CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat said. “His vision, leadership and unifying presence was crucial during the early stages of our democracy.

“It should also serve to remind us of the many challenges that we must still tackle and resolve to ensure a better future for all.  In our case, it means that we must ensure all sections of our society enjoy the game of cricket and thus deliver our vision to make cricket a truly national sport of winners.”

CSA ensured that the Home is given a proper introduction to the game and recruited the full CSA National Academy of both men and women cricketers to conduct a coaching clinic with the SOS children and staff.

The CSA staff, along with the National Academy and members of the media, spent their 67 minutes painting and decorating the outside of the library.

As always, a project of this size required the support of some of our partners and sponsors, to whom CSA would like to extend a big vote of thanks.

Sedgars Sport, for the fourth year running, have donated two sets of full cricket kit valued at R10 000 as well as 50 KFC Mini-Cricket T-shirts to the SOS Children’s Village. KFC have provided 200 kiddies meals for the children of the Village as well as the KFC Mini-Cricket players who attended, and Momentum Health have added their own donation of children’s reading books for the library.

KFC South Africa’s CSI and Sponsorship Manager, Lauren Turnbull, was delighted to get involved with CSA in this project once again as the SOS Children’s Villages South Africa are also a beneficiary of the KFC Add Hope programme.

“KFC Add Hope is privileged to be contributing 200 meals in support of Cricket South Africa’s Mandela Day activities taking place at the SOS Children’s Village in Mamelodi. The KFC Add Hope initiative feeds 70 000 children a month from 90 beneficiaries across South Africa.”

Lizo Tom, PR and Corporate Fundraiser Manager at SOS Children’s Village Mamelodi said;
“SOS Children’s Village Mamelodi is proud to welcome Cricket South Africa as part of a large family, we are very much pleased with the new mobile library CSA have donated to us. We want to develop a new strategy around literacy and the love of books and our children in the community will benefit a lot from the new library.”

“I thank CSA for a job well done in giving their 67 minutes on Mandela Day and putting a smile on our children’s faces.

“SOS Children’s Villages South Africa focuses on Child Development Programmes, with interventions that respond to the situation of children at risk of losing parental care, or children who have already lost parental care.

“Our interventions focus on enabling children to develop to their full potential within a caring family environment (whether their family of origin or an SOS Children’s Village family), so that they are able to become self-supporting and contributing members of society.  
“Thank you for your contribution, it helps SOS Children's Villages South Africa in our vision to create a loving home for every child,” he concluded.

Lorgat extended his thanks to all involved.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank the many sponsors who are throwing their weight behind our mobile library project in Mamelodi  - Pearson South Africa, KFC, Momentum Health and Sedgars Sport,” he concluded.

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