With another year closing we look back on what has been a great year for SARLA considering the challenges we as an organisation face as well as every person out there. Not only have we started the first women’s World Rugby coaching courses to get more ladies qualified as coaches but we have spread the love of our people around South Africa with several feeding stations and food drops to help those in need. Our youngsters who came through our Vuka and Iqhawe programmes continue to blossom and we cannot wait to get these programmes up and running again when it’s safe to do so. We managed to squeeze a few events in as well with some fresh blood going with us on the mountain bike through KZN, notably the faces of the two Schalk’s, Burger and Britz. Breyton Paulse also joined up with us there and showed just how fit he still is!!! For the first time we had two golf days, our annual DSV Bosch Hoek day and then for the first time we entered Gauteng and presented the DSV SA Rugby Legends Invitational at Serengeti, which was a treat. The save of the year though was at our annual Winterton weekend where we raise funds for the local community and the referee called in sick so I had to do the right thing and sacrifice my spot in the team for the whistle!
All of this good work is only possible with the support we receive from our incredible sponsors and first up we have to mention Cell C for their commitment to us and rugby in this country through thick and thin. Our thanks & appreciation also go to DSV, Time Clothing, Gilbert, CMH, Richmark Holdings and Tsogo Sun.
Please stay safe through the festive season and join us in the new year as we continue our purpose of growing the game of rugby and helping those in our communities.
Festive Greetings John Smit
Coming up in SA Rugby Legends TV this month we travel to Cradock with our SA Rugby Legends to help raise funds for Marlow Agricultural High School on the occasion of their 90th Anniversary and catch up with our Legends as they enjoy the legendary Karoo hospitality. Dale Santon returns to his roots in Lavender Hill, Mitchell’s Plain with Paul Treu and Kabamba Floors; Jeremy Thomson leads the SA Rugby Legends cycling team for the 2021 Tour of Durban cycle race and we travel to Greytown to deliver food parcels to the residents of the Arcadia Home for the Aged. All this and more on Supersport TV.