Professional rugby players will tell you that sometimes they are so focused on their games that they don’t even hear what’s going on in the stands around them, and they’re not always aware of the impact they are making off the field. But on Wednesday, June 12, the Stormers saw exactly the difference they are making in the lives of children who are fighting the biggest fight of their lives – cancer.
As part of the #TacklingCancer campaign during this year’s Super Rugby competition, the Stormers players treated a group of CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation) children to an exclusive movie day in Cape Town. It was an opportunity for the players to pay tribute to the real superheroes of this Super Rugby season, the CHOC kids, as they gave these children a day away from hospital wards and chemotherapy, spoiled them and their families with a special screening of Aladdin as well as gifts for themselves and their devoted caregivers. “Because that’s what heroes do,” as Thor himself would say.
The players themselves got to see the effect of every tackle they make in this year’s Super Rugby season, which results in Vodacom and SuperSport jointly donating R100 per SA tackle in a Supersport game, to CHOC in support of these children and their battle to overcome cancer. The aim is to raise R1 million by the end of the season.
Centre JJ Engelbrecht said “You know, it’s always great to see what goes on behind the scenes with the money we raise. We hear about it and play for it, but to meet the kids and see what it means to them is very special. I always try and focus on being grateful for what I have in life. Seeing what these children go through makes you even more grateful and inspires me to work even harder.”
When you’re #TacklingCancer, every single day counts. If you would like to donate towards this initiative click here.