The South African Rugby Legends Association continues to lend a helping hand to needy communities. This weekend they donated food parcels and some essentials to two old-age homes in Mpumalanga.

The rugby legends are in the province as part of their initiative to help needy communities, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They also hosted a coaching clinic for children in Ngodwana near Waterval Boven.

The Silverdays Old Age Home in Ngodwana is among the homes that are in serious need of financial help. It is on the brink of collapse. It is home to 30 elderly people and most of whom are dependent on government social grants.

The legends donated food parcels to the old age home. The gesture couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.

Silverdays manager Sonya Stoltz says most of the people at this old age home are destitute.

“Most of the people were taken from the street and squatter camps. So, we absolutely rely on our donor care system. We have wonderful donors that support us, but we do need more help. Everything is more expensive and we are struggling to keep our heads above water. So, any donation will be more than welcome so that we can go on and take care of these old people.”

The legends also conducted a coaching clinic for children in Ngodwana.

Speaking on behalf of the South African Rugby Legends Association, former Springbok Coach, Ian McIntosh, says they are hoping to unearth talent in previously disadvantaged areas.

“We go to a lot of disadvantaged areas and hold clinics to bring through the talent and we were invited by Sappi to come this day and to help with their food distribution to the local community. And also, to help with the coaching clinic. So, we have 20 coaches who played for the Springboks or high-level, working with the kids in groups. They will be kicking and know how to pass the ball, support the ball and get them going.”

Some of the youngsters coached hope to make it in sport and escape poverty.

Food parcels were also donated to the Wenakker Old Age Home in Lydenburg on this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.