The FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International is committed to the fight against women and child abuse.
In a bid to raise awareness for this cause, Varsity Cup has implemented the Pink Shorts campaign, in conjunction with the overarching Keep the Aggro on the Field campaign, whereby the man of the match for each Varsity Cup match will receive a pair of pink shorts to wear in his following match.
In addition, each of the Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield teams have selected a local shelter or organisation that counsels and supports abused women and children. Varsity Cup will give each university the right to commit support and donate funds to the amount of R25 000. Players will also be physically involved, along with each university’s chosen Miss Varsity Cup and Miss Varsity Shield.
These shelters are:
FNB Maties have committed to support the L’Abrie de Dieu Safe House, a social outreach mission that aims to address the plight of vulnerable women and children who fall victim to violence. It is the only shelter of its kind in the Greater Stellenbosch Municipal District for victims of domestic violence and abuse. They offer therapeutic intervention, skills training programmes, protection and care along with practical information and emotional support.
FNB UP-Tuks have chosen the Mercy House Project as their shelter of choice. The goal of the Mercy House Project is to work with the traumatized homeless women, and help them as they rediscover their self-worth and find their place in society. One of the objectives of the project is to empower women towards financial independence through income generating skills.
FNB UFS-Shimlas commited their support to the Heidedal Youth Mission Centre, a community-based child and youth care centre situated in Heidedal, Bloemfontein. The home currently takes care of 42 children.
Bloem Shelter, a Christian organisation, was chosen by FNB CUT. This organisation provides shelter for the homeless, catering for women, women with children, the elderly, men and frail persons.
FNB UCT is committed to support Sisters Incorporated, a shelter for abused women and their children, rape survivors, and mothers giving their babies up for adoption. They are situated in Kenilworth and provide care, shelter and counselling to all who enter their doors.
FNB NWU-Pukke chose The Tlokwe Crisis Centre as their shelter of choice. This centre is three years old and they assist victims of abuse with counselling, and placement into more permanent residents.
FNB Wits supports MES a Christian social development organisation that facilitates professional services to families and communities who are vulnerable or at risk. MES aims to change the heart of Johannesburg by empowering people holistically to live independent, sustainable and meaningful lives.
FNB UJ have committed to support POWA which is a women’s rights organisation that provides both services, and engages in advocacy in order to ensure the realisation of women’s rights and thereby improve women’s quality of life. POWA’s frontline services are providing shelters, counselling, and legal advice to their victims.