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Pick n Pay help injured rugby player start new life

| Social Responsibility

29-year-old Simanga Mandita, who was paralysed after a rugby accident in the Eastern Cape earlier this year, has received a motorised wheelchair and equipment worth R160,000.

Pick n Pay donated R500,000 to the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, which assists players who sustain life-changing head, neck or spinal cord injuries while participating in the game. This donation was used to buy the 15” Gladiator powered wheelchair for Mandita and will further aid the Fund that supports 87 recipients on an ongoing basis unless they make a full recovery.

Pick n Pay released the reusable green and gold Springbok Supporter bag ahead of the Rugby World Cup and proceeds from each sale have made this donation possible, says Vaughan Pierce, Executive: ESG at Pick n Pay. “As rugby fans clamour to buy the Springbok Supporter bag, they are helping to change the lives of injured South African rugby players.”

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