Renowned South African kicking specialist Vlok Cilliers and Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn have joined forces with Solidarity Helping Hand to make a difference in the country.
Through Cillers' kicking academy Vlokskop, the duo have launched their "Tekkies & Toks" project with Helping Hand.
With the help of the public, Tekkies & Toks will endeavour to equip at least 1 000 needy high school learners nationwide.
These essential items will enable them to play the game they love on an equal footing with their team-mates.
"Helping Hand realises the importance of sport for children at so many levels of their development. Finances should never be the reason why children cannot participate in sport," said Margole Riekert, Helping Hand's project organiser of Tekkies & Toks.
Cilliers explained that the idea was born from the many challenges experienced around South Africa following the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"There were many challenges along the way. People have lost their jobs and even their lives," said Cilliers.
"With this project, we want to try to bring back hope, and we want to do it together with a major institution like Helping Hand. Children are close to my heart, and if we can help children receive better opportunities, then we must help where we can. We want to make a difference by giving them confidence and a feeling of self-worth."
Bulls flyhalf Steyn, the project's ambassador, said he was very excited and proud to be part of the initiative.
"This is a great initiative, and it feels good to know I can give something back. Many of us take it for granted to be able to don a pair of shoes every day and to run onto the rugby field wearing rugby togs - and then there are actually so many people who simply cannot afford it. We want to make a difference with this, and we hope we can touch the hearts of the public to help us," Steyn said.
- Compiled by Sport24 staff