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Next Stop the Springboks? SOS Africa's Elvino Awarded Rugby Bursary by Drostdy Technical School

08 Sep 2020

Whether it be an astronaut, a brain surgeon or a President, as children we all had dreams of what we wanted to be when we grew up which, of course, tended to change at a moments notice. For Elvino, his dream has always remained the same; to play rugby for the Springboks. Last week this dream came one step closer to reality…

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Earlier this year, Elvino's rugby talents were spotted during a tournament by Sports and Academic Scout Francois Moller from Drostdy Technical School in Worcester. Soon after seeing him in action, Francois contacted Elvino’s family to offer him a bursary to attend the school from Grade 8 in January.

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Overjoyed by the news, Elvino’s parents reached out to SOS Africa to enquire if we could assist with the switch from Grabouw High School. It took SOS Africa’s UK Trustees and Western Cape Staff little time to endorse the move:

“It was a privilege to bring the news to Elvino’s parents that SOS Africa would support him; they cried and had me in tears of joy too. Elvino has the commitment, dedication and above all the character of a respectful young man who will not only succeed for himself, but also his family, sponsors and local community. I am so proud of him and know that he will be an awesome role model for the younger children.” (Karen Damon, SOS Africa Operations Manager)

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Last Friday this life-changing opportunity really began to sink in for Elvino and his parents as they were invited to visit the school with SOS Africa’s Helena, Karen and Sharnice. Warmly greeted by Principal Arthur Underhay, they were given an informative tour by rugby coach Francois Moller. As they navigated the impressive campus with its state-of-the-art engineering and sports facilities, Francois talked about the school’s rich history and many success stories including former students who have played for national teams across the globe including the Springboks.

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For Elvino, the most exciting moment came when he was shown the school gym and rugby fields:

“As soon as Elvino got on to the rugby field his eyes lit up and you could see that this was why he wanted to be there and he didn’t want to leave.” (Helena Krige, SOS Africa Western Cape Trustee)

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Since the visit we have been inundated with messages of gratitude from Elvino and his family:

“I don’t know how to thank you. The word thank you is just not enough. I will enjoy it and always tell myself to be open to opportunities and to do my best.” (SOS Africa’s Elvino)

“You came into our son’s life in Grade 1 and brought support and so much hope. As Elvino’s parents, we do not have the words to express how thankful we are for everything you have done for our son.” (Mr and Mrs Witbooi)

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The SOS Africa staff, trustees and supporters (his official fan club) wish Elvino well as he begins this new and exciting chapter in January:

“We are all extremely proud Elvino. He works hard and continues to inspire us all with his achievements. We cannot wait to follow his progress over the coming years and believe he is capable of achieving anything he puts his mind to!” (Matt Crowcombe, SOS Africa Founder/CEO)

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