Sophia Stars team up with Pick n Pay

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By CHRIS TO­TO­BELA

Local foot­ball side Sophia stars joined forces with Pick n Pay and a num­ber of Rhodes Uni­ver­sity stu­dents to re­spond to the call to help on Man­dela Day. Sophia Stars, an Ex­ten­sion 7 based out­fit, iden­ti­fied a fam­ily in their com­mu­nity and de­cided to help them in their home.

Sophia Stars’ chair­per­son, Lin­disipho ‘Teko’ Swaart­booi, said, “We no­ticed a lot of chal­lenges that the fam­ily had and de­cided to do our bit to try and help them. Although we did not have the fi­nan­cial mus­cle to do ev­ery­thing, I am happy with what we have done for the Mn­cikane fam­ily and would like to ap­peal to [oth­ers] to as­sist them in which­ever way they can.”

The joint ven­ture helped the Mn­cikane fam­ily clean and paint their home, fix cup­boards, and build a ramp for the wheel­chair-bound bread­win­ner, who uses his dis­abil­ity grant to take care of his si­b­lings as both of their par­ents passed away. The Mn­cikane fam­ily also re­ceived food parcels and blan­kets and en­joyed the com­pany of their helpers for 67 min­utes.

“We are very pleased to be part of this great ini­tia­tive,” said Lon­wabo Le­bo­gang, who spoke on be­half of Pick n Pay, “and would like to urge the peo­ple not to wait for peo­ple like us to come and help their neigh­bours while they live with them ev­ery day and see how they need help.”

Le­bo­gang, who did much of the elec­tri­cal wiring, cup­board car­pen­try and the ramp, said com­mu­nity mem­bers should al­ways be will­ing to help one an­other and not wait for the next Man­dela Day.

“We are very pleased with what we have done for the Mn­cikane fam­ily,” he said.

The Sophia Stars are cur­rently busy in pre-sea­son train­ing as they pre­pare for the start of the new Makana LFA sea­son.

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