South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca) CEO Andrew Breetzke said says: “Our 315 members, in recognising this, are committed to doing what they can to alleviate the suffering.
“A number of players, including Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, and Temba Bavuma, have already dedicated their time and resources to alleviate hardship in their regions.”
Former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis commented: “We all need to do what we can to assist our fellow South Africans; this donation will make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable and it will hopefully motivate others to make similar contributions.”
In accepting the donation, Gift of the Givers has generously committed to contributing a further R150 000 to the fund.
The money would be directed to alleviating poverty among children in communities worst hit by the pandemic.
Gift of the Givers director Badr Kazi thanked the players and said: “It is comforting for many cricket fans to know that their heroes are leading a different type of fight off the pitch - one which encompasses care, compassion, and kindness to their fellow citizens.”
Breetzke said the pro cricketers had also set aside an initial amount of R300 000 to provide relief for members (past and present) who had been hardest hit by the pandemic.African News Agency