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The 26th of April 2017 marks the launch of the first-ever Lions Camp-out at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Illovo, which will see the bizhub Highveld Lions cricket team and its partners, namely Hirsch’s Homeware, Konica Minolta, Sun International, Cricket South Africa, Circa, Megaview, Imperial Toyota, Dairymaid, Coca Cola Beverages South Africa and Market Caterers arranging a camp-out at the Bullring, with 100 young aspiring cricket players from the Gauteng Cricket Board (GCB) amateur cricket development programme.
The GCB have done incredible work in developing the tremendous potential in their pipeline system, of which some unfortunately come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The bizhub Highveld Lions are supporting these endeavours by arranging this camp-out and giving these youngsters a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Subsequently, a partnership was formed with the various stakeholders for the event.
The aim of the Lions Camp-out has its sights firmly set on supporting the redefining of cricket development in South Africa and enabling the next generation of future stars to access meaningful opportunities and to pursue professional careers. The event will include interactive coaching clinics, workshops and activities to work at inspiring the young cricketers to keep on working to achieve their cricketing dreams.
“As a company, we are conscious of our need to build and maintain a credible profile as responsible corporate citizens. That is why we are committed to supplying a 100 beds for the camp-out,” says Allan Hirsch of Hirsch’s Homestore. “Our aim is to support and uplift these young players and it will start off with a good night’s sleep,’’ he further added. “In this way, I’m hoping that it will teach and inspire them. I’m looking forward to being part of the night, and watching them grow from strength to strength beyond the camp-out,” Hirsch concluded.
Janine Ferreira of team sponsor, Konica Minolta, said: “Konica Minolta has always been a great supporter of similar endeavours that the team has conducted. This is a great initiative and we look forward to seeing this come to life on the night.”
“As a company we are committed to sports development and excited to be partnering with the bizhub Highveld Lions and their operational team for the camp-out. We will be ensuring that each bed gets delivered to its owner,” says Imperial Toyota Group Marketing Manager, Mario de Sousa.
Stakeholder partner Circa’s Lee Thomas says: “Circa is honoured to be a part of this incredible initiative and I certainly look forward to sharing the evening with these promising young boys and girls. I hope that their experience will positively impact their communities and our country.”
“Sun International is proud to support this honourable initiative. These are young and active kids that love the game of cricket and it is our hope that after the night they will remember a camp-out at the Bullring and know that they have a community of corporate partners that are supporting them. I am confident that by providing opportunities for children from all backgrounds to play regularly and stay motivated, there is a bright future ahead for South Africa and also for cricket,” said Rob Collins, Group Chief Strategy and Operations Officer of Sun International.
Market Caterers’ Stephen Ferreira said they earmark projects where they can get all their staff actively involved in first-hand experiences of helping the less fortunate. “We have a duty to ensure the general well-being of ordinary South Africans who have limited resources, as well as to help contribute towards building a better future for the communities we serve. We have had a terrific partnership with the Gauteng Cricket Board, bizhub Highveld Lions and Bidvest Wanderers for the past 10 years and partnering with them in new ways like this, is a natural fit for us.”
GCB and bizhub Highveld Lions CEO, Greg Frederick’s mentioned that the day will be the start of something great for the Gauteng Cricket boys. “The Gauteng Cricket Board realises its duty to not only support the youth in playing cricket but also making a difference in their lives. This initiative does not only contribute towards that but is also giving them a once in a lifetime experience. We’re very grateful to the team of sponsors for their support. I am sure that these boys and girls are going to have incredible fun. It’s a sleep over after all. I also look forward to seeing them one day make their international match debut at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.”
With a memorable night under African skies set to take place, the brightest stars on the night will be the 100 young cricketers at the Bullring on the 27th of April.
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