“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Women are often the closest to our injured rugby players and are the constant providers of love, care, compassion and support that our recipients rely on. On Women’s Day this year, as with every other day in the year, we saluted and admired them!

In recognition of these pillars of strength Gail, Tori and Kim hosted a table of partners, suppliers and friends of the Fund at a Women’s Day breakfast on Wednesday 9 August 2017! The event was hosted by Debbie Greeff and Chis Moir at Kelvin Grove and they selected the Players’ Fund as the beneficiary of funds raised from the event.

The Players’ Fund guests were: Phatho Zondi (CEO of The Sports Science Institute of SA), Eleanor Kloppers (Former “Mother Ship” at the Fund), Daphne Christy (Gail’s Mother), Lindsay Brown (WP Rugby Marketing & Events Coordinator), Michelle van Zyl (Masons Stationers), Caren Andrew (Tori’s Mother-in-law) and Martha Spruit (CE Mobility).


The Players’ Fund Guests at the Women’s Day Breakfast hosted at Kelvin Grove. From left to right: Lindsay, Phato, Kim & Martha!

In addition to the wonderful breakfast laid out by the chefs, the room brimming with beautiful women was introduced to two superb guest speakers, who jointly motivated and entertained the crowd with their personal stories and life lessons. Cheryl Gaynor, a Physiotherapist specialising in breast cancer patients & chronic pain management, shared her story of how she learned how to manage stress better by becoming more “present” and appreciative of the small things in life.

Les Aupiais was the second guest speaker, a former investigative journalist for Carte Blanche and currently a strategic communications consultant. Her sharp wit, a calming voice and theatrically weaved talk (Ladies who launch) had the room holding their sides with raucous laughter.


From this event which was managed to the tee Debbie and Chris were able to raise R11 500 for Rugby’s Caring hands! We’re very grateful for finding our cause worthy and we look forward to the next event from this dynamic duo.