To help curb the spread of the coronavirus amongst the school children who have returned back to school, former Springbok player, Bryan Habana has donated 400 face masks to pupils in Khayelitsha through his foundation.
The masks were handed to Grade 12 pupils, teachers and staff members at Chris Hani Arts and Culture High School in Makhaza. Habana said he wanted to build on the work done by former Proteas cricketer Gary Kirsten, who has had a relationship with the school spanning seven years, and because there’s a massive need for face masks in general.
“It is good to have South Africans being able to collaborate together,” said Habana.
Habana and Siya Kolisi donated food parcels at various schools. Kirsten added that it was nice coming back to the school where they ran a cricket programme and have built a cricket field. “It is nice to come back and lend a hand whenever we can. We have been at the school for seven years now and we have a cricket programme here,” he said.
School principal Tamara Mnisi said The Department of Education gave learners two masks but the new masks will also come in handy especially since winter is upon us. Learners will be able to wash and change masks without any worry of them not drying early as there will be more extras.”
The sportsmen are also planning to build an indoor centre at the school and Kirsten hopes to make it a cricket school of excellence. Habana also encouraged the pupils to stay positive when they are faced with challenges.
“Try to have discipline as much as possible and try to be positive in the challenges that come your way. You are the future of our country and we see through someone like Siya Kolisi that dreams can become possible” said Habana. Sinawo Vundisa, Grade 12 learner and Bok fan said: “It was nice seeing Habana in flesh and you can see he is still keeping fit.”