Rugby Africa concludes solidarity campaign

28 October 2020 | Sports

Rugby Africa announced the immediate release of €170 000 from a solidarity fund for its member unions earlier this year.

The Rugby Africa Executive Committee had initiated the relief campaign given the current health crisis and the immediate impact it had on the rugby community at large.

Thirty one rugby federations received assistance from the Rugby Africa solidarity fund and used it towards distribution of emergency food packages, medical support as well as personal protective equipment such as masks, hand sanitiser gels, etc. for clubs and as players in their respective countries.

All member federations were eligible for this financial aid to support their rugby communities and could use the funds depending on their needs, while the financial aid granted considered the size of the federation and its level of development.

The countries of the following rugby unions received grants from the Rugby Africa solidarity fund: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eswatini (Swaziland), Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho Rugby Union, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius Rugby, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The Executive Committee of Rugby Africa said that the Rugby Africa solidarity fund was a unique measure to fight the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With the fund we wanted to send a signal of support and hope to our member unions in times of adversity. The rugby family has been severely challenged by the crisis, but as a community we stand strong together.”

The committee added that it was enlightening to see the roll out of the campaign and how the unions followed the due diligence process.

“All across the continent countries return step by step to train and play rugby in line with the government and health guidelines. Health and safety for all remain the highest priority.” – Rugby Africa

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