Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

Springbok rugby legends scrum down for One Cup of Pap feeding project

Springbok legends Joel Stransky, John Smit, Trevor Nyakane and David von Hoesslin, will be handing out food parcels to 1 200 people this Friday as part of the One Cup of Pap initiative.

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The One Cup of Pap Initiative is a feeding project aimed at donating food, clothes, toys and books to the less fortunate initially in the Fourways and surrounding suburbs. It was the brainchild of Wayne Boardman (former Sharks and Stormers Super Rugby lock) who at the start of lockdown decided together with his dad and domestic worker, to put some money together to feed at least one family in need.

From one cup of pap to two tons per week

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Photo: Supplied

After the first informal settlement drop, Wayne asked his friends, greater rugby and local community if they could assist to raise awareness and reach out to their networks to raise additional funds or offer donations to grow his initiative.

The response was enormous and hence has mushroomed to quite a substantial operation almost overnight. 

What started out as one cup of pap and a sachet of soup has now exploded to more than two tons of pap per week. 

The One Cup of Pap Initiative started with a budget of R250 and has grown exponentially every week to where it has fed more than 6 000 people since inception. Since the beginning of May, they are averaging R80 000 a week drop (feeding about 2 000 people). This includes two tons of pap, between 500 and 1 000 loaves of bread, one ton of polony, soup and tinned food. 

They now have quite an impressive team to handle logistics and distribution, which includes former Springbok scrumhalf David von Hoesslin, former 1995 World Cup winner Joel Stransky, former 2007 World Cup winner John Smit, as well as current World Cup winner Trevor Nyakane. 

Who has come on board?

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Former Springbok rugby player John Smit in action for One Cup of Pap. Photo: Supplied

Over and above the four Springboks they have also been able to secure the help of South African Hockey player Stuart Berry and Anthea Knowles. This team have been instrumental in putting this all together and growing this “Son & Pop” idea into a project to be proud of.

This is not excluding the other members of team: Barry Leach, Steve Green, Norman Wessels, Brian de Decker, Joshua Knowles and security provided by Mitch Graaf, and Basil Vacratsas from TRSG Security. They have had the complete buy-in from the South African Police Services (SAPS), most notably the Sandton police station, who have been brilliant in their support each week. 

The real legends in this campaign have included all the people and corporates who have kindly donated (product and or money) which has proven that humanity shines brightly in darker times. 

The One Cup of Pap Rugby Legends drop will take place at the following venues on Friday 15 May:

  • 11:30 – Roodeport Shelter and Roodepoort Ruby Club Drop
  • 13:30 – The Clay Oven (Porsche community)

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