The Varsity Cup Pink Shorts campaign is way more than just rewarding the various Players that Rock throughout the season. It's about creating awareness of abuse against women and, in the process, raising money via a special Varsity Cup Trust.
A fantastic amount was raised for the trust during last year's Varsity Cup with UP Tuks, Maties and UJ the most active fundraisers. 2013 promises to be bigger still in the effort to support the Pink Shorts campaign.
• All Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield university teams have accepted the challenge to support an organization in their area that works with abused woman.
• This Auction is in support of your team's efforts towards raising funds for their "Keep the Aggro on the Field campaign"
• There are two exclusive and signed balls available per round to the highest bidder on each match day. The winning Pink balls can either be signed by your team or all the Varsity Cup captains - the choice is yours.
• The highest bid at beginning of halftime of the match your team plays in wins
sms: Pink - your bid - your name / Company - University
example: Pink R1000 from Peter Green of Green's Logistics, towards UP Tuks
Organizations supported by Each Club:
Maties Rugby Club supports L'Abrie de Dieu Safehouse, a place of refuge for abused women and their children. The mission of the Safehouse is "to provide protection, comfort, support and healing in a homely Christian environment, restoring body, soul and spirit". During the campaign the club plans to erect a new playground in the garden for the benefit the children staying in the facility.
NMMU Rugby Club supports Yokhuselo Haven which provides safety and shelter for abused woman and their children. Women at the Haven receive accommodation and care, legal assistance, counselling and help finding employment. During the campaign, the Club will be assisting with maintenance, repairs and paintwork of the safe houses and the outdoor play facilities for the children at the haven.
NWU-PUKKE Rugby Club supports the E.S. le Grange School, a school for physically and mentally handicapped children. Often victims of abuse, many of these children come from broken homes with many who are fully dependent. The Club will be supporting the school by doing physical work and assisting with upgrading facilities.
UFS Rugby Club will be involved with the SA Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges who run a campaign in the Free State to raise awareness of violence against women. The club will be supporting a project called the "The Woman Behind The Mask", a Gala Dinner to raise funds and awareness about, and give insight into the lives of abused women.
Up- TUKS Rugby Club supports the Mercy House, a transitional shelter for women in distress. The club supports Mercy House in various manners including doing general maintenance working and collecting necessities for the House.
WITS Rugby Club supports Usindiso Ministries, a shelter which offers support, assistance and care to abused women and their children and teenage girls. The club will be supporting the shelter by doing maintenance work and will also be offering the women at the shelter access to the club's sport facilities and the children coaching clinics on campus.
UCT Rugby Club supports Sisters Incorporated, a shelter for abused women and their children, rape survivors and pregnant women placing their babies for adoption. Sisters Incorporated assists those at the home to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. The club supports Sisters Incorporated by fixing, painting, gardening, cleaning and general duties.
UJ Rugby Club will be involved with Shalom Sanctuary a place of safety, shelter and counselling for abused women and children. The Shalom Sanctuary recently moved into a new house and the club will be supporting the Shalom Sanctuary by doing painting, fixing and other maintenance work at the venue.
CUT Rugby Club supports Bloem Shelter, a registered NPO which provides shelter for the homeless, catering for adults, children, the elderly and frail persons. It was nominated as a Bloemfontein Institution of the Year 2012. During the campaign, the Club will be assisting the Shelter with upgrading their facilities and raising funds.
TUT Rugby Club supports the Beth Shan (House of Quiet) Place of Safety, a non-profit organization which provides shelter for female victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. The club will be supporting the shelter by assisting with upgrading of existing facilities and security systems.
UFH Rugby Club supports Alice Victim Support Centre, a care centre which provides counselling and emergency shelter to the victims of abuse. The club will be supporting the shelter by fundraising for a bigger consulting space at the Centre.
In 2012 UKZN Rugby launched the "Rugby Against Rape" project together with the Jes Foord Foundation. The Foundation's aim is to support rape victims, to restore lives after rape, and to educate people about the realities of rape in South Africa. During 2013 the Club has committed to collecting funds for the Foundation and landscaping the gardens at the Jes Foord Community Care Centre.
UWC Rugby Club supports the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children. The centre is a one-stop haven for women and children who are the survivors of abuse and offers care, counselling, legal advice, emergency shelter and other services. The Club supports the Centre by volunteering, fun and games with the children at the centre, maintenance work, financial donations and material donations.