Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday got the school year at Nyiko Primary School off to a good start when they handed over cricket kit to the value of R10 000.
The handover, which is part of CSA’s annual Back to School activation, is an integral part of the organisation’s corporate social investment strategy and falls in line with CSA’s vision to make cricket a truly national sport of winners.
Former pupil of the school and Easterns Cricket player, Israel Hlengeni, was delighted to be able to go back to his school and speak to the pupils about the game and how it changed his life. He also stressed the importance of education and how it, coupled with sport, has the power to lift a person from any circumstance and into a path where the scholar will become a positive force in his or her community.
“Being here brings back great memories of my childhood and starting to play cricket,” he said. “It’s a great day for me to see young kids who are so excited to become a part of this game and the best part of it all is that most of the teachers who taught me and coached me as a youngster are still here, continuing the good work that they have done in the past.
“The school has gone through a lot in the last few years and there was a time when cricket was no longer being played here. With the help of the coaches and the Principal, we were able to bring it back into the school and now, to see all this kit here today, I just know it’s going to be a huge help to the players and hopefully inspire other kids to get involved as well,” he concluded.
Head Mistress, Onica Hlatshwayo, was overjoyed with the kit and CSA’s presence, especially after the school was broken in to and both sport and learning equipment was stolen.
“We get a lot of organisations who make promises to come through to the school and to help us with certain things but we are disappointed time and time again,” she said. “I want to say a big thank you to Cricket South Africa for, not only keeping their promise, but for being the ones to approach us with this wonderful project. Never has a company been the ones to come to us and offer to give us equipment for free, without us having to go to them first. I am so grateful and I know that our students are also grateful, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
CSA would like to thank Sedgars Sport, for once again putting up their hand to donate the kit for the fourth consecutive year.