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Day 3 – An Eye Opener at the Soup Kitchen

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Another early start, we were straight out on to the court and got on with the painting.  We managed to finish the main bulk of the court and with some of the remaining paint we decided to paint around the edges of the court as well.

After lunch we were then taken to the local township, where we got to help at a soup kitchen that takes place once a week.  We helped hand out milk and peanut butter and jam sandwiches to over 300 children.  We were told that normally there can be up to 800 children that come for food, which may be the only time during the week that they get to eat a proper meal, but due to it being school holidays lots of the children go to neighboring towns to visit family.

Before the children got their food, they all sang songs and said a prayer.  Chante and Cerys took the job of giving out sandwiches, Helen and Bryony were in charge of the milk, and Cat and Owain were pouring milk into bottles that the children had brought with them whilst the others played ball games with the children.  We gave out some Gloucester Rugby balls, which they all loved and showed some good skills.

This was an experience we wont be forgetting for a while.  It made us all realise how lucky we are and were grateful for the opportunity to help out. All of the children had big smiles despite the fact that they may have been hungry and may have to wait another week before they eat properly again. 

On the way back to the orphanage we spotted some giraffes on the side of the road. 

 

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The start of our story…..

Gloucester Rugby is proud of its charitable and community achievements, which benefit many people across Gloucestershire and this season we are extending our links further to The Fold in South Africa

Gary Little, Community Manager, said ‘We currently deliver a whole range of community project’s that aim to succeed in making a difference to the lives of young people, throughout Gloucestershire. We do this by inspiring and motivating them through the ‘power of rugby’ and a number of educational, social and sporting activities. This season, The Fold, an orphanage in the Limpopo region of South Africa has been selected as one of Gloucester Rugby’s chosen charities and a planned number of community fundraising events will be held throughout the season. ‘The community projects we run in Gloucestershire continue to be our main focus, however, this season we wanted to do more and something a bit different. So we decided to extend our community work beyond the boundaries of the local area by establishing a link with The Fold in South Africa.’ We recently became aware of the work of The Fold, an orphanage set up just a couple of years ago. It provides a place for children who have been rescued from despairing situations. The aim of The Fold is “to create a loving and secure environment where children have hope for the future.” For more information on The Fold please visit http://www.thefold-sa.org/index.html ‘We plan to visit The Fold next year with a group of students from Gloucestershire, bringing together young people from different cultures and backgrounds for a week of mutual educational and undertstanding experiences’ Image