On the 5th of October 2016 the Springboks and the All Blacks rugby teams came to LIV through an initiative by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. LIV played host to a historic day and one which will go down as a major highlight for many years to come. The two rival teams came together for the first time under the banner of Peace Through Sport. LIV had the privilege to host a Laureus Sport for Good event, where Peace Players International-SA demonstrated how “sport has the power to change the world”. The objectives of the day were as follows:
– Bringing the two powerhouses of World Rugby together for the first time and engaging in a sport for development environment
– Showcasing the power of Peace Building through Sport
– To experience the Sport for Good work that Laureus does with the two of their KZN projects (LIV and Peace Players International-SA)
– Provide interactive sessions between Springboks, All Blacks, Laureus YES Protégés and LIV Village participants
The hour long event felt like it was a whole day affair, as the village was filled with much excitement from all the children as they rubbed shoulders and interacted with the giants of the game, from Beast, Patrick Lambie and captain, Adriaan Strauss. The All Black squad was represented by the likes of Brodie Retallik and Charlie Faumuina. The main emphasis of the event was mixing our LIV children along with the Boks and Kiwis in the same teams and give them peace building challenges to take part in. This was a very first in the history of this fierce rivalry which goes back many years.
Morne Du Plessis, chair of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, opened the proceedings by welcoming all the guests, players and the LIV family. He shared the reason for being bringing these two power houses to a place like LIV, echoing the words of former President, Nelson Mandela of ‘’Sport has the power to change the world’’. Our founder, Tich Smith then welcomed all guests and shared the LIV vision and what impact a day like this would have on the children and communities.
The action kicked off and was rounded off by a time of making hand prints with paint on a canvass that read ‘’WeLIVforPEACE’’. The event concluded with interviews and a ticket hand over to LIV from both Charlie Faumuina and Adrian Strauss for the children to go and watch the Test match at the King Park rugby stadium on Saturday, 8 October 2016.
A big thank you goes to Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Peace Players International-SA,the LIV marketing team and all those who played host to a memorable in the history of the village, that hour alone was enough to convince all that were present that sport really does have the power to change the world.