CAPE TOWN – Non-profit Organisation Events to aid together with a life insurer, BrightRock, are launching one of the biggest fundraisers South Africa has ever seen called BrightRock Battle of the Sports.
The event will bring twelve big-named South African sports stars from various sports to take part in a challenging, forming four teams to attempt the endurance race stretching 200km long on the salt pans of Verneukpan in the Northern Cape in only four days with no assistance, no support and a ticking clock.
The aim of the event sees players from cricket, rugby, soccer and running heroes take on one another competing for the ultimate bragging rights but most importantly to help raise funds to assist the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
Founder of Events To Aid and leading sports marketing company Grinsport, Clive Grinaker, says: “As we set out to raise R100 million for much needed Personal Protective Equipment for frontline workers to help protect them from Covid-19 infections, this event is the ultimate race of a lifetime – a race between sporting athletes and ultimately a race against time to support the frontline workers that continue to put their lives at risk each day.”
“There is no doubt that the power of sport has often been used to drive positive change and with the help of some of South Africa’s leading sports icons across various disciplines, we are able to do just this – while giving each and every citizen of the country an opportunity to join in and support the cause.”
The four teams have been announced boasting some of the biggest names in the South African sports industry:
- Cricket: Lance Klusener, Makhaya Ntini, Monde Zondeki. Managed by Jonty Rhodes
- Rugby: Hanyani Shimange, John Smit & Schalk Brits. Managed by Butch James
- Running: Bongmusa Mthembu, David Gatebe & Nick Bester. Managed by Bruce Fordyce
- Soccer: Matthew Booth, Siyabonga Nomvethe & Teko Modise. Managed by Neil Tovey.
The challenge aims to raise further awareness to the whole country while encouraging all South Africans to support the sports stars in the race by participating in a 200km sports challenge or activity of their own and to donate with the minimum being a R50 donation with any more than that massively appreciated.
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