LOCAL seed manufacturer Agriseeds (Pvt) Ltd has donated kits to Honde Valley based Sahumani Girls High School rugby team to participate in the ongoing Dairibord Schools Rugby festival taking place at Prince Edward School.
The school on Sunday received two sets of kits for the two teams, comprising of jerseys, shorts, socks, rugby boots, trek suits, t-shirts, caps and kit bags as well as accommodation and other needs to the tune of $27 000.
The girls are battling with schools such as Dzivarasekwa High School girls, Roosevelt, Highfield, Mother Touch and Zambia girls and are showcasing the best performance.
The festival which started on Sunday and is ending tomorrow is aimed at improving the health and education of students and to promote rugby to school level.
In an interview, Agriseeds sales and marketing director Mr Ivan Craig said they decided to donate to Sahumani girls teams because they had showcased great potential in the sport in Manicaland before they were invited to participate in the festival.
“We identified Sahumani High Girls rugby team after we noticed that they were doing very well in Manicaland province. We realised that they would do better if they were supported morally and materially. It is also ploughing back to the community which is making us prosper and we want to put more weight to the fact that they are a girl child.
“A motivated girl child has a better potential of going further in their career than a neglected girl child. So the donation came in as a way to support a girl child who has a dream and the idea is to support their career dream to come to fruition. By supporting the team it means we have touched all the girls in the community who will be inspired in one way or the other,” he said.
Mr Craig said the donation is part of the corporate social responsibility and will go a long way in motivating the girl child.
“We have donated two sets of kits for the two teams, comprising of Jerseys, shorts, socks, rugby boots, trek suits, t-shirts, caps and kit bags as well as accommodation and other needs to the tune of $27 000 RTGS. The donation I think will go a long way in motivating the team.
“It also places them in a comfortable environment where they are at par with urban teams. The tournament is also benefiting directly in its standards, the kit we donated will raise the bar of the tournament to an international standard. This should be a challenge to other organisations to support less privileged rural schools,” he said.