When a rugby player sustains a catastrophic injury, his life is forever changed. In a devastating flash, his world is turned upside down, his dreams dashed. His future is unclear, the only certainty being that the road ahead will be littered with challenges and drastically different to the one he’d imagined.

In the green and gold shadows of the world champion Springboks sit 101 such South African rugby heroes – a group as diverse as the country itself. They’re left having to tackle adversity on a daily basis, and while they do so with remarkable resolve, they cannot do it alone.

The late, great Nelson Mandela famously said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” In the spirit of Mandela Day (18 July) and the 67 years “Madiba” spent fighting for human rights and social justice, join the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund this month in helping these fallen heroes by donating as little as R67.

The Players’ Fund hopes to reach 2000 donors and a target of R134 000 to assist recipients with vitally important specialized rehabilitation sessions. Known as Rugby’s Caring Hands, the Players’ Fund plays an active role in the lives of its recipients and has assisted over 500 players who sustained life-changing head, neck and spinal injuries since its inception in 1980.

Donate to the Players’ Fund’s Mandela drive via their GivenGain platform, link below. https://www.givengain.com/c/playersfund/campaign