Peakview High School matrics rubbed shoulders with Springbok rugby players last week.
The Bokke were there on Thursday, in partnership with Gift of the Givers and the South African Rugby Board, to hand out food parcels, stationery and blankets to the 67 matrics.
The visit was part of the Springboks’ 32-12 campaign – the final score in their victory over England in last year’s Rugby World Cup final. People supporting the campaign buy items for R32.12 for charity.
Badr Kazi, director of Gift of the Givers, said: “We have been helping Peakview for the past few years. The pupils have lots of potential, which needs to be invested in, and we thank the school for allowing this initiative.”
Springbok player and Stormers flyhalf Damian Willemse said it was an honour and privilege to visit the school.
“It’s really special to the children. Teachers are also the heroes who go unnoticed – a big thank you to them for doing what they are doing. They are so important to the children. Stay focused, there will be lots of other distractions, but keep focused and do your best.”
Springbok and Stormers scrumhalf player Herschel Jantjies praised the matrics for showing true grit in the face of the pandemic.
“It’s tough being a child coming to school, knowing that Covid-19 is around us. All of them here today are really strong, and it speaks of their willpower to reach success.”
Matric pupil Zuriena van der Meulen thanked the team for their support. “I’m really grateful for what you have done. The year has been challenging but I can overcome this,” she said.
Munzeel Wallace was happy to meet the Springbok players.
“I am still determined to achieve high marks with the help of my teachers and parents. I am really grateful for the food parcel as my family needs this as there is no work.”
Acting principal Laetitia Philander thanked Gift of the Givers. “The children are so proud and excited and we are really thankful for the ongoing partnership.”