Protea Veterans doing their bit for #feedacricketer

Bruce Wilson, Dave Holgate and Brad Player
Bruce Wilson, Dave Holgate and Brad Player

Members of the South African Proteas Veterans which participated in the recent Over-50s Cricket World Cup have been assisting the Veterans Cricket Association of South Africa (VCASA) in providing food hampers to cricket clubs whose members are not able to provide for their families during the lockdown period caused by COVID-19.

The #feedacricketer initiative has been running for over a month now, and has provided close on 200 food hampers to cricket clubs throughout the Western Cape. The initiative was introduced by VCASA and, in conjunction with the Local is Lekker App and Cool Guys Distribution, provides a portal for clubs throughout the world to support cricketers in South Africa.

Locally, members of Cape Town CC, and in the United Kingdom, Stanmore and Burridge CCs, have donated most of the hampers. The beneficiaries of these have been Langa, Mfuleni, Phillipi and Bishop Lavis cricket clubs. Last week, hampers were also delivered to the Matjiesfontein cricketing community.

Roger Moult, interim chairman of VCASA, says: “The service is currently available in the Western Cape, but we will soon be offering it to clubs in Gauteng.”

The initiative relies on cricket clubs to support each other during these challenging times. Moult admits that all sports and sports clubs are finding it difficult to survive in the current environment, but adds: “With the lockdown and people not working, the basic needs for food and water are not available. Each food hamper helps to supplement the food requirements for a family for a month and, in some cases, it’s all a family has for a month.”

VCASA is appealing to clubs, individuals and businesses all over the world to download the Local is Lekker App, select a hamper and a club you wish to support, and place your order.

There are many feeding schemes available in the country, but #feedacricketer is targeted specifically at members of cricket clubs, which are the backbone of cricket in South Africa. We need these clubs and their members to survive this terrible pandemic and crippling lockdown.

If you love cricket, then the cricketers in South Africa need your support.