The South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) and all-natural refreshment brand, Lemonlicious, have joined forces to help underprivileged schools, as lockdown slowly begins to ease and learners return to classrooms around the country.
Lemonlicious has donated 2000 cooldrinks to be distributed among schools involved in SARLA’s VUKA programme, which invests in South African children through sports development at grassroots level, via its SA Rugby Union-endorsed competitive league.
At present, however, lockdown measures mean that boys and girls who are part of the VUKA programme are unable to play, and being from underprivileged areas where much hardship is present, many of them are also going without food and drink during this difficult time.
To help address this widespread issue in some small way, SARLA and ZEST Beverages (Lemonlicious) will be delivering cooldrinks and fruit parcels to 23 VUKA schools in Kwa Thema and Tsakane in Johannesburg. SARLA Rugby Coordinator for Gauteng, Jaco Coetzer, and Lemonlicious’s Doug Carmody will be coordinating the deliveries in line with government lockdown regulations.
SARLA CEO, Stefan Terblanche said, “Any difference we are able to make to our communities at this stage counts. And we are very grateful to Doug and Trevor from ZEST for their contribution to this goodwill initiative. VUKA Rugby is all about uplifting communities, and though we are unable to do that through playing sport at this stage, we can help in other ways.”
Natalie Baitz from ZEST Beverages said, “Our vibrant young people are the soul of this country. In this difficult time, offering them support is the best we can do. We have to help wherever we can and remind our poorer communities that they are not alone. We hope we can continue to make a difference in partnership with SARLA, and encourage all South Africans to help wherever they can, too.”
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