Durban, 20th July 2021: While KwaZulu-Natal has been devastated by the recent civil unrest, the outpouring of generosity and the commitment to work together to rebuild the province has been nothing short of inspirational.
To this end, The Sharks, through the generosity of our shareholder MVM Holdings who have committed a starting contribution of R1 million towards our #handsofhope campaign aimed at rebuilding our province by uplifting communities and peoples’ livelihoods.
#handsofhope is a message of positivity with the focus on achieving good and to show what we, as South Africans, can achieve when we join hands to work together for a common cause.
The Sharks are currently in conversation with the Kolisi Foundation and Beast Foundation to assist with the implementation of the vision of this campaign. We encourage our stakeholders and fans to get involved and donate where they can. The needs are huge, there is no denying that, but the goodwill in our communities is unlimited and together we can make a larger impact in as many communities as possible.
Speaking about the launch of this relief campaign, The Sharks CEO Dr Eduard Coetzee said: “Identifying and rebuilding community infrastructure will assist in the creation of jobs which is a sustainable effort. We hope that with a phased approach like this, we will be able to reach as many people as possible in KZN, alongside the selfless efforts of others who have shown such generosity of spirit, to rebuild this province.
“Our relief efforts have been strengthened with a substantial contribution from MVM Holdings, led by the extraordinary Marco Masotti, who are committed to seeing our beautiful province thrive and I cannot thank them enough for always being by our side and willing to assist.”
“Ubuntu speaks of the spirit of community, of the engagement of us all and the rewarding influences that positive actions produce. The more hands that are involved, the more lives that are touched and enriched the greater the rebuilding will become. We therefore call on our stakeholders and fans to contribute, where possible,” added Coetzee.
The #handsofhope campaign will take on a three-phased approach designed to achieve our aims to create hope and sustainability.
- A soup kitchen will be run for 10 days, feeding 1000 people daily at Jonsson Kings Park.
- The Sharks, together with the generosity of our stakeholders will look at rebuilding as many shops or community facilities within communities that have been decimated or affected by looting.
- The distribution of essential food to communities in dire need of assistance.
While it may have been easy to get caught up in the negativity of these past week’s events, what has been even more noteworthy is the community spirit shown across our richly diverse population and we should not lose sight of the incredible sacrifices and heroism shown by ordinary people who have come together to create a tidal wave of positive action.
This is not simply a message of hope, but a call to create hope through positive actions, human efforts that will put smiles on faces and encourage members of all our communities spread throughout the province to embrace a future that promises to shine brightly and to act as a beacon of hope that inspires others to produce positive acts of giving.
To Donate Visit: https://sharksrugby.co.za/hands-of-hope/