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Champions 4 Charity: Plumbing industry heavyweights make generous donations

Plumbing industry Champions 4 Charity donation

Various charity ‘boxers’ recently handed over their cheques to their chosen charities after stepping out of the Champions 4 Charity boxing ring.

One of these champions includes Lea Smith from the Plumbing Industry and Registration Board (PIRB). He recently handed his donation over to the Sutherland High School’s charity of choice, Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion.

Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng is a home that is mainly focused on the welfare and development of underprivileged women, youth, and children of the local community. Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng mainly cares for children referred to them by social workers until they are grown-up and independent.

The donation comes after Smith took part in the Champions 4 Charity white-collar boxing that formed part of the plumbing industry’s commitment to Mandela Day earlier in July. The event which was organized by the plumbing industry through the auspices of The Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) and The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA), ultimately raised over R90 000 for charity.

All funds raised by the fighters was put forward for ‘prize money’ for the particular boxing bout. In the end, 80% of the ‘prize money’ went to the winning fighter’s charity while 20% went to the losing fighter’s nominated charity. Any remaining funds coming out of the event were divided equally among the fighter’s charities.

“Thank you so much for supporting us,” said Shalate Ngobeni, Managing Director at Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng. “The donation will contribute to the renovations needed for our tuckshop which is one of our income revenues.”

Shalate said that they have a lot of renovations to do at the center and this donation allows them to start. They also have a pre-school and a children’s church at the center to maintain as well.

“We are further committed to creating a safe space for children and also provide skills development programs to help upskill the community.”

Another contender of the night, Robert Schoeman also donated almost R10 000 to AfriForum’s Wilmien Potgieter fund which ultimately aims to financially support children whose lives have been affected by farm attacks.

Schoeman said he wanted to do something for victims of farm attacks and murders. He and his wife, Wendy, also personally know people who have been victims of these gruesome attacks.

“We did not know who to contact at first, and then called AfriForum who told us about the Wilmien Potgieter fund. We are glad to contribute to this cause.”

Nico Jooste also recently handed over his cheque to the Woodrock Animal Rescue center in Johannesburg which assists homeless, abused, neglected, stray, injured, ill, geriatric and unwanted animals that would otherwise have miserable lives and premature deaths.

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