Van Dyck Carpets is proud to announce that it has partnered with the South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) and that for every square metre of carpeting sold in South Africa, Van Dyck Carpets will make a contribution to SARLA.
The Rugby Legends is a group of ex-Springbok and Provincial rugby players who have formed a charitable trust. The initial purpose of the trust was to raise funds for the development of rugby at grassroots and club rugby level, thus providing a vehicle for the ex-players to put something back into rugby. Today the Legends has grown into a full-blown social awareness charity using sport as the catalyst to bring people together and then evolving their sporting aspirations as well as educating them about health, wealth and social characteristics.
They have embarked on a sustainable Legacy Park project which has become their flagship, whereby over a 10-year period they plan to raise one billion Rands to build 400 multi-purpose facilities in the economically disadvantaged communities to help our country solve its sporting and social challenges, and as a consequence will feed 500 000 street kids per day.
John Allan (ex-Scottish and Springbok hooker) is the CEO of SARLA and through his leadership and the generous sponsorships SARLA has achieved the following milestones over the past 6 years:
- Held over 60 development clinics around the country and coached approximately 45 000 previously disadvantaged players.
- Raised in excess of R5-million through various charity fundraising events, which has been used for charitable causes, as well as over R30-million in sponsorships, and this money has been used for the development of sport at grassroots level.
- Launched a series of rugby/sport and social development programmes which are sustainable within the sporting circles and communities; these programmes are for the benefit of all sports and can be used accordingly. Two programmes which are up and running are Legends Iqhawe and the Adopt-a-School policy which will work closely with the sporting codes – and Legacy Parks and Street Kids Crime Prevention programmes with government bodies, sporting codes, charities and corporates.
What SARLA has achieved for underprivileged and club rugby since inception is nothing short of remarkable, all of which would not have been possible without the substantial support and commitment of former Springboks, first class rugby players, coaches, referees, business associates and sponsors, all of whom contribute enthusiastically without any financial reward.
Van Dyck Carpets and TigerTurf were proud to be the main sponsors at the Legends President Awards Banquet in Sandton on the 10th of November 2010 and this confirms the company’s commitment to socio-economic development and creating opportunities and a better life for all.
For more info re the SARLA programmes please visit their website www.sarugbylegends.com or alternatively contact one of the sales representatives at Van Dyck Carpets.
Van Dyck Carpets Tel: 031 913 3800 Toll free: 0800carpet (0800227738)