Some of our fellow rugby players and staff are in dire need of our help. That’s why Care 4 Kings are calling on the rugby family of South Africa to come forward and help.
This is according to Braam van Straaten, former Springbok rugby player and coach at the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.
The Southern Kings players and staff were informed last month that the Kings are insolvent. They were informed days before payday that there will be no further salaries payable. The players and staff were left in what can only be described as a “rugby desert” with nowhere to go and no time to plan for their future.
The sole purpose of this initiative is to financially support the players and the staff of the Kings.
Van Straaten took the initiative to start a committee who will conduct a number of fundraising initiatives for the Kings in the upcoming weeks. The first one being an online sports memorabilia auction taking place on 16 & 17 October 2020.
“Care 4 Kings, an initiative to support the Kings, were started to support the players and staff. I will act as the chairman of Care 4 Kings and have put together a team to help me. Piet Heymans, from Sport Employees Unite, Rudi Ferreira, from FiND iT news agency, Robbie Kempson, previous director of rugby of the Southern Kings and Cassie Carstens, sports administrator, will assist me,” says van Straaten.
Care 4 Kings are pleading with rugby enthusiasts, businessmen and the general rugby community, as well as current and ex-rugby players as well to become involved with this initiative and support the players and staff in their hour of need.
SA Rugby Legends Association, Sport Employees Unite, André Rademan from Eastern Province Rugby Union and several other organizations have already indicated that they support this initiative.
“The sports memorabilia auction will be a unique event, as current and past players will be asked to donate some of their rugby memorabilia and our other two fundraising projects will be made public soon. For now, please join our Facebook page: Care4Kings (click on the link) or Instagram @care4kings, for updates on what is coming,” encourages van Straaten.
Herewith the banking details for Care 4 Kings to back this initiative. This account is administered by Opus Accounting.
Care 4 Kings
FNB Cheque Account 62870068650
Branch code 231002
Proof of payment to: email@example.com
Reference: CARE4KINGS + YOUR NAME
For any questions, contact van Straaten at firstname.lastname@example.org.