Proteas and fans donate water

Operation Hydrate ran an initiative where Proteas and their fans donated water.

Eliot Mahlase

Members of the South African cricket team and their fans donated thousands of litres of water at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Tuesday.

The initiative was sponsored by Operation Hydrate and Momentum ahead of the third One Day International between England and South Africa.

The Proteas and their fans donated over 5 500 litres of water. Brooklyn police station commander Brigadier Kushie Nair was also there to help donate water.

The initiative comes after severe drought has hit South Africa in the past few months.

Operation Hydrate co-founder and spokesperson Yusuf Abramjee thanked the Proteas and fans for coming in their numbers to donate bottles of water.

“Every Protea player came to donate 10 to 20 litres of water today and it again showed Ubuntu in action. We also had the local police who came with a bakkie full of water,” he said.

“We distributed about 6.2 million litres of water to drought-stricken areas of South Africa. We expected more sealed fresh water and this water will be distributed to areas in the Free State, parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and other affected provinces. We know the drought is still very severe and people are in need.”

Abramjee urged South Africans to continue with their spirit of Ubuntu.

“South Africans open their hearts whenever we call on them to donate. It was really heartening to see the Proteas taking the extraordinary steps to make a difference.”

The initiative would continue throughout the year. In the next few days, it would move to the Wanderers and Newlands stadiums before cricket matches.

More than 1 500 volunteers throughout the country were also doing their part, said Abramjee.

To become involved with Operation Hydrate visit www.operationhydrate.com or SMS by sending the word WATER to 42530 at a cost of R30.

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