Springboks

Boks help raise R1.1m

2011-08-12 09:14
John Smit (Gallo Images)
Durban - The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund celebrated the one-month countdown to the Rugby World Cup in style on Tuesday, August 9 when over R1.1-million was raised for the victims of serious rugby injuries at its Bell’s Night of the Stars Rugby Extravaganza held at Durban's ICC.

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Rugby fans dug deep during a two-hour telethon broadcast live on SuperSport when they phoned through over R200 000 in pledges to members of the Springbok squad who once again showed their commitment to the Fund by manning the phones.

In addition to proceeds from table sales and raffles, an amount of over R125 000 was raised in an auction of sought-after memorabilia and lifestyle items, while the biggest contribution of the evening came from title sponsors Bell's, who presented cheques totalling nearly R575 000.

“I would like to thank everyone who attended the banquet and to those fans who phoned in to pledge some money towards the Fund,” said chairperson Morné du Plessis. “We couldn’t have asked for more.”

“I would like to thank the Springbok team for their continued involvement, and especially this year, with just weeks to go until the biggest event of their lives," Du Plessis added.

The Fund was established in 1980 by Du Plessis after his team-mate Chris Burger broke his neck and later died playing for Western Province. The Fund became known as the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund when the Petro Jackson Fund, established in 1989, joined forces with the Chris Burger Fund in 1992.

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