Boots for Africa: Springboks unite in Dublin for a good cause
Two Springboks gathered in Dublin and put on their boots for a good cause.
Forward Lizo Gqoboka, in Ireland for tonight’s United Rugby Championship clash against Connacht, and Springbok player Zintle Mpupha are involved in the Boots for Africa initiative, which has helped thousands of children in need
Boots for Africa is an organization dedicated to collecting and distributing pre-loved athletic footwear / equipment in African countries by equipping and empowering young athletes in under-funded communities. Since its inception 13 years ago, Boots for Africa has helped more than 38,000 children in nine African countries reach their full potential and overcome adversity through sport.
Throughout 2021, schools and clubs across Ireland donated over 900 pairs of boots, 1,600 balls and other sports equipment to the charity which were distributed across Africa to children who have never had their own pair of shoes or ball, let alone a pair of boots.
Mpupha, who was visiting Dublin before moving to Exeter Chiefs, was asked about the charity and the children’s reaction to receiving boots for the first time.
“This is a really great organization that supports children from very poor backgrounds who cannot afford to buy boots or equipment. We want to give children the opportunity to perform on a big stage, but without boots it is not possible to nurture young talent and allow them to compete with children with more resources.
Gqoboka added, “This is a wonderful initiative. I know exactly what it feels like to have boots for the first time, it’s really amazing. It is truly rewarding to see someone receive a pair of boots for the first time and to know that you are making a difference in someone’s life.
“Playing sports got us out of trouble. Someone might think it’s a small thing to do, but it can have such an impact. It can be life changing. It changed my life.
Peter Kelly of Boots For Africa said: “We have seen enormous generosity from Irish sports clubs and schools who have donated a huge amount of boots and equipment to children across Africa. Through sport we learn vital life lessons such as teamwork, leadership and communication and something as small as a pair of boots can make a lasting impact on someone in need. .