Edenpark Rugby Club have recently moved from the Golden Lions provincial structures, to the Falcons in order to conform with the Provincial sports boundaries as set down by the Gauteng Provincial Government.
As a result of the red tape and hence late registration with the Falcons, Edenpark were not able to compete in the Falcons league structures, and had to make do with only a handfull of friendlies throughout the season.
Edenpark is a former “coloured” area in the South of Alberton, and the club serves as a conduit to get young kids in the community off the streets and away from the gangs, drugs and alcohol related problems that are prevelant in communities such as this that have a high percentage of unemployemt.
The club also does exceptional work in raising awareness of Rugby withing the surrounding “black” communities.
As I’m sure many of Rugby-Talk readers are aware, far too many rugby club’s like this are ran on a shoestring budget with usually only 2 – 3 people struggling to perform all of the necessary admin’ and coaching functions.
Herewith their appeal as received by me last week:
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
RE : Application for sponsor or donation
Herewith, the Management Committee of the Edenpark Rugby Club, forward a humble application for a sponsor/donation which will be utilized to cover expenses for our Annual Rugby Tournament to Ladismith (Western Cape).
Our intended tournament will be taking place during the weekend of 20-22 September 2013 and our expenditure for this tournament amounts to ±R35 000.00.
The Edenpark Rugby Club is situated in Edenpark (Alberton) with our areas of jurisdiction Edenpark, Tokoza, portion of Vosloorus, Palmridge, Zonkizizwe and Greenfields.
Our player base consist of players coming mainly from the previously disadvantaged townships and includes players from all races as we in Edenpark Rugby Club upholds the principal of non-racism and non sexism within our club.
The majority of our players are younger than 30 years and most of them are unemployed; thus making it difficult to fund a tournament of such nature.
Our player membership also includes high school boys from different high schools in our area of jurisdiction.
The Edenpark Primary School in Corvair Street, Edenpark, is currently our head office seeing that it is centrally situated and is also easily accessible.
Should your company decide to assist us with any sponsor/donation, we are willing to acknowledge it with the necessary media coverage in our local newspaper and on our club’s official letterhead.
Edenpark is a truly Rugby mad community that I believe deserves a bit of help from the greater rugby community.
If any Rugby-Talk members or readers are able to help in any way whatsoever in this regard, please drop me an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in touch with Edenpark’s secretary, Jackie Pietersen.