WP Rugby today announced a charity initiative – Donate to Educate – between the DHL Stormers, Sponsor DHL Express and SHAWCO.
SHAWCO, the Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation is a student-run NGO based at the University of Cape Town, that seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals in developing communities within the Cape Metropolitan area.
This brand new initiative will see DHL Stormers home games being utilized to collect clothing aimed at empowering individuals with the skills to trade and set up small ventures that would benefit the community.
Supporters are encouraged to bring used or new clothes to DHL Stormers home games played at DHL Newlands. The clothes collected will be used in 2 ways:
1. Sold at SHAWCO retail outlets.
2. Sold, at base price, to identified township entrepreneurs, who will be trained and assisted via SHAWCO’s business student initiative SIYAYA, thus setting up new entrepreneurial businesses.
All surplus funds generated by SHAWCO will be used to set-up and run educational programmes.
All supporters attending games at DHL Newlands this season are requested to bring along new or old clothes and deposit them into the marked and manned bins at the main entrances to the stadium.
Commenting on the initiative DHL Stormers captain Schalk Burger said, “As a team we think this is a great initiative. We all have old, unwanted clothing and it’s great to think it can make a difference to many, whilst assisting in training and education and creating a few jobs. Clean out your cupboards and bring something along to the game. You can make a difference.”
Charles Brewer, MD of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa added, “It is important to us as a company and individuals to make a real difference in the environments that we operate in. Bring your old or new clothes and DHL will help ship them to the communities that really need them. Help and make a difference”.