Reds flanker leads Soweto charity drive

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Reds prop Ben Daley with Soweto rugby club players. Photo: SuppliedQueensland Reds flanker Beau Robinson wants to make a mark on international rugby and it’s off the field where he wants to make it.

Robinson said the children of Soweto rugby club in South Africa left an indelible mark on him when the Reds held a coaching clinic there last year.

When the side returned on their South Africa tour last week, they were armed with old kit from fans and players alike.

“They literally have nothing, so when we go out to coaching sessions they’re so in disbelief that professional rugby players  are going out of their way to go and give some time,” Robinson said.

“They can’t understand why they’re going to slums… and giving back to those that they don’t know.”

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The injured Reds squad flanker said it was also a timely chance for some of the visiting players to appreciate their own experiences.

“Being  professional rugby players you can forget about how the rest of the world actually works.

“The boys are in South Africa, they’ll fly business class, stay in five-star hotels and to go out there is a friendly reminder of how how good we’ve got it and how grateful we should before what the game of rugby has given us.

Robinson’s project Suporda, a global rugby club aiming to connect rugby union communities across the world, is leading the second hand kit drive.

Local rugby players are being asked to donate their old kit to the program this weekend, with donations benefiting children in Kenya and cyclone Pam affected areas of Vanuatu.

Players can donate at locations specified by their clubs across the weekend and at the Reds base at Herston next week and Robinson said the response from clubs had been overwhelming.

The latest drive follows on from a first donation chance at last month’s Reds v Lions game at Suncorp Stadium.

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