Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Sports lands a helping hand

As the novel coronavirus continues to cause havoc, a growing number of sport teams and clubs have donated to the community in helping the government through this tough time.

While the various local sports teams and clubs continue to feel the negative impact of the novel virus in theirdaily operations, this has not stopped them from assisting those in need.

Mascom top 8 season 9 champions Orapa United donated P10 000.00 to the covid19 relief fund, while Gaborone United has donated food hampers worth P50 000.00 to 140 families in the Gaborone South constituency .  

Elsewhere, Botswana Shitoryu Federation also donated P2 400.00 to the covid19 relief fund while Molepolole City Stars donated a cow to the fund. 

According to Leano Kotlhao, Chairman to Botswana Shitoryu Federation, they are very much aware that they are not existing in isolation hence they too were moved to help. 

He said as a federation, they too as members of Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) get assistance from the government and because of this they realised that their help regardless of size can help someone out there.

“Karate first of all is a way of life. We teach our students not only discipline but responsibility hence we had to take the responsibility to play our part in our society as we too are beneficiaries of government funding,” Kotlhao said. 

For their part, Orapa United said as one of the fastest growing football brand in the country’s elite league, they felt compelled to help the nation in its hour of need. 

According to the team’s Public Relations Officer Kabo William, they felt a need to help Motswana at home, who is a by default a supporter not only to them but to the local sport fraternity.

“Our help is directed to Motswana at home our potential supporter not only to our team but to the football fraternity who too can be a sponsor tomorrow,” said William.

Above all, William said they cherish the lives of Batswana and they believe in them that each one can  contribute something positive not only to football tomorrow but the nation at large and it had to start with them. 

He went on to say that as a team, they salute all Batswana for abiding by the laws set to stop the virus from infecting people across country. 

Meanwhile, Somerset Gobuiwang of Molepolole City Stars said the size of the donation does not matter as every donation is precious and can help someone out there. Adding that a cow is very valuable in our nation as our country was built through cows.  

“We at Molepolole City Stars value our nation and we live by the slogan blessed is the hand that gives than the one that receives and we will also be there to help our nation through this trying time.


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