Laureus & Mercedes-Benz host rugby-themed breakfast ahead of the Newlands Test Match

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(Cape Town, 5 October 2017) The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) hosted its sixth and final sport-themed breakfast for 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Century City on Thursday, 5 October

The rugby-themed breakfast was a full house with a number of iconic rugby legends and members from the rugby fraternity in attendance, including former Springbok captain and Laureus ambassador Jean de Villiers and former Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga.

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Tonderai Chavhanga,Tony Johnson, Grant Nesbitt, Morné du Plessis, Matt Pearce and Jean de Villiers

The breakfast featured two separate panel discussions, with the first session featuring some of rugby’s biggest names: Jean de Villiers, legendary rugby commentators Grant Nesbitt and Tony Johnson, as well as Laureus South Africa Chairman, Morné du Plessis. While many expected the discussion to centre around the upcoming test match, the panellists spoke candidly about the inspiring work of the foundation and their most memorable sporting moments, including  the historic 1995 Rugby World Cup final.Laureus MBSA Rugby Themed Breakfast - Visual 3JPG

Matt Pearce, Jean de Villiers, Morné du Plessis and rugby commentators Grant Nesbitt and Tony Johnson

The second discussion focused on Sport Development and the work of the SA foundation. The panel included former Springbok player, Tonderai Chavhanga, Johan Schlebusch from the CoolPlay Trust, Tania Majavie from Zip Zap Circus School, as well as current Banyana Banyana interim coach and Laureus ambassador Desiree Ellis. A number of powerful messages were expressed throughout the session, highlighting the incredible role that the youth play in leading the way and breaking down social barriers.

“It’s always great to see such an amazing turn out at our breakfast events. This is our final event for 2017 and what a way to go out. I would like to thank our partners Mercedes-Benz for their continue support,  this is our 3rd consecutive breakfast  series together and we would not have been able to pull it off without them.  It’s a massive week for sport in SA and has been a great couple days for Laureus, starting off with the Springbok activation earlier this week and ending off with an inspired breakfast this morning. Both events once again reinforced our belief that sport has and will continue to be a universal language that unites all of us” explains Laureus South Africa Chairman, Morné du Plessis.

“It is a great honour for us to be part of such an exciting and blossoming partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa. We have had quite a few memorable breakfasts as part of the series – from the Bedfordview, Women in Sports breakfast during women’s month, highlighting the challenges women in sports are facing and how they are breaking down the social barriers in their communities, to the surfing-themed breakfast event hosted, for the first time ever, at the Mercedes-Benz Plant in East London on Thursday, 28 September. A number of powerful messages were expressed throughout the breakfast series, and I think we can all agree with the notion that sport is a key nation-building tool.” concludes, Feliciano Janneker, Manager Corporate Affairs at Mercedes-Benz South Africa.

This year marked the 3rd consecutive year of the annual breakfast series. MBSA, in partnership with Laureus, hosted a total of six sports-themed breakfasts at various Mercedes-Benz dealerships across the country. The breakfasts brought together seasoned sporting personalities who reiterated the power of sport and its ability to create change in South Africa.

MBSA is a proud Country Patron of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa. The Laureus Foundation supports 26 community-based sports programmes around the country. As education and youth development is a central pillar in MBSA’s Corporate Social Responsibility focus, the company also contributes to the Laureus Youth Empowerment through Sport (YES) programme.

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation funds, supports and promotes the use of sport as a tool for social change. The Foundation has a network of over 140 sport for social change organisations around the world using sport in innovative ways to tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges facing our youth. Since its inception, Laureus has raised over €100 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of millions of young people.

For further information on the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation projects, please visit http://www.laureus.co.za/

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