The 13 World Sports Betting Cape Cobras players and the management team as well as members of the Western Province Cricket Association staff, invested 67 minutes in community-uplifting activities on Tuesday on Mandela Day by handing out blankets, clothing and non-perishables for various shelters around the Southern Suburbs of the City.
Later in the day, the Cobras and their radio partners, Heart FM, joined forces at Canal Walk to help fill the Mandela Mosaic with tinned food.
The Mandela Mosaic was birthed when Canal Walk in association with LEAP Science and Maths Schools partnered to build a massive canned food mosaic of the late Nelson Mandela.
“It was a privilege for us as a group to be involved in building that mosaic in the heart of Canal Walk in the Food Court with tinned food to complete the Mandela Mosaic,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association.
“It was done in support of the idea that Madiba personified – that people can touch the heart of vulnerable communities and change the world.”
Ashwell Prince, head coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, said the 67 minutes for Mandela idea was birthed on the 90th birthday of the former South African president, who was globally revered.
“On that momentous occasion in Hyde Park, he said it was time for new hands to lift the burdens now (and help alleviate the pressing needs in vulnerable communities). He added that it was in our (the next generation’s) hands.
“And this is what the Cape Cobras would like to do. We want to use our energy and resources to lift the burdens of others. We aim to give back to Western Cape communities who have supported us unconditionally through trophy-winning as well as lean periods,” he added.
“Helping others creates hope. Expressing your willingness to support others is contagious, because it challenges other citizens to do the same.
“We have 13 of our 17 professional squad members currently in training at PPC Newlands. The outreach also offers us the opportunity to bond as a team while serving others.”