20 May 2020
Former Springbok captain JOHN SMIT tells RugbyRocks.com about his involvement in the One Cup of Pap feeding scheme.
Wayne Boardman [former Sharks and Stormers lock] started this incredible initiative. He was actually at the Sharks when I first arrived as an 18-year-old.
Wayne started off small with a R2,500 budget but it wasn't enough by a long way. So he got the community involved which has resulted in an amazing amount of donations and helping hands.
A few rugby players have joined the team too, like Trevor Nyakane, Joel Stransky and Dave von Hoesslin.
It would be great if more people could get involved, but it is tough to get permits for everyone who wants to be a part of the mission.
Wayne managed to organise a truck to transport the food, which includes pap, potatoes, bread and polony.
We go to a few underprivileged settlements in Fourways and surrounding areas. We've been able to feed around 8,000 people each time we've gone so far.
I've been helping for the last two Fridays and am absolutely loving it. It is so great seeing people come together to help communities in need.
It's been extremely rewarding, but it is so scary and eye-opening to see how many people are in need out there.
It is heartbreaking to think that this may be the only meal those families have in a whole week.