Africa As One
DHL is a major partner of RWC 2015. In a vibrant celebration of rugby, Africa and the brand’s close working relationship with our beloved continent, DHL SSA (its Sub Sahara division) is running an ambitious 11-month roadshow through 46 countries enroute to Twickenham – the venue for rugby’s greatest stage next September.
Their initiative is called ‘Africa As One’ and you can follow the team’s progress on their Facebook page
Bhubesi Pride Foundation was offered the chance to participate in three countries, involving friends of the Pride in three major cities, Lilongwe, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. First up was Lilongwe in Malawi. Rugby programme coordinator, Hein Ferreira, reached out to teachers at both Mngwangwa and Mzumanzi primary schools last Friday afternoon, showing them some fun mini rugby games, they would run themselves the following day… tournament day; which began with 90 children and staff brought to Lilongwe Golf Club on an open top bus!
Most have never made the journey outside the rural environment, let alone ventured into their capital city!
Here’s some photos from Saturday, which members of the Mzumanzi Zone told us “it really motivated our learners, teachers and the entire community, being part of this event”:
Joshua was, until recently, learning in a special educational needs environment at Lilongwe Demonstration School. Due solely to poor sight he was separated from the mainstream system, to give his academic development more time to progress. Charity trustee, Leanne Wafer, organised and paid for Joshua to have his eyes tested and get a pair of glasses. He is now back in mainstream classes and, according to his mother, “he is doing very well”. He joined other pupils on Saturday in rugby games at the tournament.