Former springbok winger, Bryan Habana, continued to do his bit to help those worse affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by donating food parcels to more than 200 residents in Khayelitsha on Sunday June 7.
The Bryan Habana Foundation, in conjunction with the Siya Kolisi Foundation, Boxer and Pick n Pay, handed out food parcels to grateful residents at Masiyile High School before visiting various homes in the area.
The foundation handed out 1 000 food parcels on the day, starting their donations in Mitchell’s Plain before moving to Khayelitsha.
Mr Habana said this is one of the most difficult times for so many households in the country and it was important that he does his bit to help.
He hopes these food parcels would give people some hope and feed them for few weeks.
He believes those who have the means to give back must step up to help communities most in need.
He said as small as these efforts might seem, they were hopefully giving the recipients a chance to live better.
Mr Habana said sport gave them an opportunity to inspire and be role models in the community while it has allowed others to have dreams.
But he said now it was time to plough back to the same communities that have stood tall behind them throughout their careers and show them that they also care about their wellbeing.
Mr Habana said it was inspiring to see so many South Africans playing a more humanitarian role. Being able to raise funds and help people eat for the next few weeks as well as seeing the smile on their faces when they received the food parcels made him feel good.
“We are just doing our bit to assist and we hope that it could go a long way. I would love to see more people getting involved with giving back,” he said.
An excited, Patricia Picane, said she was grateful for the donation and it came at the right time. Ms Picane said she hopes the efforts of the sports stars could be doubled so that they can continue to be a shining light in many needy households.
Ms Picane said they would be abundantly blessed for their efforts.
World Cup winning Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi said as someone, who grew up in the township, he completely understood the challenges that these families might be facing.
He said this is a difficult time for many people and they must continue to make sure that families are assisted where there is a need.
Mr Kolisi said he was aware that this might seem to be a dropped in the ocean but he hopes that it goes a long way.
Leticia Mhambi said she was pleased to be among the recipients of the food parcels and heaped praises on those making the donation, saying this is one of the most difficult times for many families.
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