Portsmouth University Cricket Club backs Gary Kirsten Foundation

England-based Portsmouth University Cricket Club (PUCC) enjoyed a fruitful cricket tour in Cape Town last week. As part of their experience in the Mother City, the group linked up with the Gary Kirsten Foundation (GKF) to assist needy communities along their travels.

The enthusiastic group of students donated over R50 000 to the foundation to help build much-needed facilities.

It was a partnership which was established before they reached South Africa with the group identifying the GKF as an initiative that they wanted to get behind months ago.

“It was wonderful to have the guys from Portsmouth University over. The money that they have donated will go a long way in helping to build the game among disadvantaged people in The Western Cape,” GKC Coaching Director, Ryan Van Niekerk said.

He continued, “They raised the money back home through marathons, cycling, swimming long distances and other events. These guys genuinely care and want to give back.”

In addition, they also sent non-playing personnel to primary schools supported by the GKF like Siphamandla, Mpendulo, Chris Hani and Sivile.

“The students ran clinics, helped with painting and cleaning up. It was good to see them get involved,” Van Niekerk added.

Kirsten was full of praise for the students and grateful for their hearty contribution.

“We’ve been so encouraged by the support from PUCC and the GKF are humbled by their efforts to raise funds and awareness. It’s heart warming to see what can be achieved when we work together to serve and make positive impacts in the life of others. The students of Portsmouth University who have committed to this cause are all champions in my eyes.” Kirsten beamed.

Club representative Holly Morgan said working alongside the GKF was a highly enriching experience.

“We feel so fortunate to have contributed to such a deserving cause. A huge congratulation goes the GKF coaches for all of their efforts and success. I was especially overwhelmed by the standard of cricket the boys are playing. They are phenomenally talented, and we look forward to hopefully seeing a couple of them representing the Proteas one day,” Morgan said.

She concluded, “Thank you to Gary, Ryan and Sivu for the amazing opportunity, and sharing your passion for cricket with wider communities. You have inspired us all at the University of Portsmouth Cricket Club.”