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Close shave for Steval Pumas

Lianda Naudé
14 June 2017

The Steval Pumas shaved their beards on Wednesday, May 31 in support of building a library for orphans living in the Mataffin Woodhouse Community Care Base. The orphanage is home to more than 169 children between the ages of two and 19 years. The players have been growing their beards for the last six months in order to raise money and collect books for the orphans.

“As the Steval Pumas players, we felt that we wanted to make a difference in the lives of these children,” said Ryan Nell, Pumas player and Milviforce ambassador who started the initiative. “Reading is very important. We believe it is the small things that make a big difference.”

The Steval Pumas together with Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit and the Lowveld Show joined forces and have collected 2 600 books for the children. They also secured a R25 000 sponsorship from Standard Bank towards a container and more books.

Pieter Burger (CEO, Mpumalanga Rugby) stated that he was very proud of the players for initiating this venture. “The players want to thank the public for their continuous support by giving back to the Mataffin Woodhouse Community Care Base. This is truly an initiative that is well worth supporting,” said Burger.

The owner of Milviforce, Tshepiso Phosa adopted the Mattafin Woodhouse Care Base and is very involved in uplifting the community. Milviforce is challenging the community to bring all unwanted children’s books to their petrol station on the corner of N4 and Hardekool Street, so that it can be stacked in the library. They are still in need of some funds and if anyone wants to donate, they have a dedicated bank account for this charity drive.

“Education is key, that’s the one thing no one can take away from you as an individual,” said Phosa. “Every child in South Africa deserves to be educated. I will always be the difference I want to see in my community. It’s difficult to do it on my own but I’m grateful to be in partnership with the Steval Pumas on this specific orphanage and I’d like to encourage others to join in on the movement of being the difference with me.”

The library will be handed over to the orphanage on Madiba Day (July 18). You can also donate R30 by sending a sms “pumasbeard” to 42516. For more information contact media@pumas.co.za

Image: Pumas group photo, before the big shave off at the Moroccan Barber Nelspruit. Photographer: Barry Odendaal.

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