Johannesburg - Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli has offered the union's full support in getting water to
the drought-stricken Western Cape.
This follows a call between Straeuli and non-profit organisation Water Shortage South Africa's CEO, Benoit Le Roy
The organisation started two years ago
to facilitate the supply of drinking water to desperate communities in the
Since its inception their volunteers have reportedly moved over 67
million litres of donated water to communities all over South Africa.
"Rudolf and his team are making a very significant commitment to
sending bottled water collected from the Lions rugby supporters to the Stormers
supporters in Cape Town," said Le Roy from Cape Town on Thursday.
Everybody in the Gauteng area is encouraged to drop
bottles of water collected by families, schools, community organisations and
the like at Ellis Park stadium. The water will then be delivered by the volunteers of Water Shortage SA to communities without water.
"Cape Town is likely to become the first city in the world to run out
of water completely – it is not a crisis, it is a catastrophe and we welcome the
Lions initiative," said media spokesman Ray de Vries.
"Our organisation is pleading with South Africans to open their hearts
and help us collect as much water as possible so that we can store up for day
Lions fans have been asked to bring water for dropping off at
the stadium on Saturday before the Currie Cup clash between the Golden Lions and Free State Cheetahs.
For further information please go to www.watershortagesa.com.