The year started off with a bang for Scrum5ive Rugby Recycled as their first major kit collection of the year, at Saracen’s on Saturday, yielded a large number of rugby kit items that will now be sent to South Africa to help under privileged communities, schools and their players sustain their rugby programs.
Rugby Recycled founder Gareth Simpson was on the pitch for Saracens in their game against Exeter Chiefs but his Mother, Tina, was on hand to guide the supporters towards the collection bins around the ground. The scrum-half took to social media after the game to thank the fans and people supporting the project:
“Thank you to everybody who donated, helped out on the day, shared the video and the messaged!!! Can’t wait to get this stuff out to South Africa”
In the lead up to the match, support for the project came in from the around the World with Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi posting his support on social media whilst club legend Brad Barritt sent a message of support from his home in Cape Town.
Whilst this kit was being collected in North London, Andy from Scrum5ive was in the searing heat of the Boland in the Western Cape of South Africa visiting a 7’s tournament where 3 of the times competing were playing in kit donated by the project.
The kit collected will now be sent to South Africa and to Scrum5ive with a huge helping hand from SOS Kit Aid and the UK Foreign Office.