Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players Fund
Fluidlines is proud to be sponsors of Shonee Cornelissen and her partner in her quest to tackle her first Robben Island Escape Swim who aims to raise funds for the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players Fund.
Shonee Cornelissen and Ryan Stramrood will be tackling the Robben Island Escape Swim in the upcoming month of December. This will be Shoneé’s 1st Robben Island crossing and Ryan’s 113th, who currently holds the record for the most crossings to date. In the April Newsletter, it stated that Achmat Hassiem would have completed the swim with Shoneé but due to unforeseen circumstances, Achmat is unable to complete the swim next month. The goal is set to tackle this challenge in aid of the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund (AKA The Players’ Fund). The Players’ Fund supports rugby players in SA who sustain serious and life-changing injuries on the field. Shonee has set up a Givengain page (http://bit.ly/2SfNjUc) with the intention of raising R20K for this charity which is commemorating 40 years of service to rugby this year. Donors can simply click the link and follow the prompts and also keep up to date with their training regime and progress.
“Fundraising for all charities has been hugely affected as a result of the global pandemic. We are no exception, especially as a result of no rugby being played, where a lot of our funding is generated. We are also conscious of the fact that corporate donors are also having to weather their own storms. What hasn’t change for us during this time, is the support that our recipients have needed from us, be it monthly subsistence for those who are needy, replacement and or repairs to their mobility equipment, or transport to and from vital clinic/hospital appointments. Our costs have escalated during this time too as a result of our recipients’ household economic situations also being put under strain.”
The R20K target has been set and will be used towards the wheelchairs, motorized beds and more that is needed.
Since the beginning of the year, Shonee and Achmat have been actively promoting this initiative with public talks, radio interviews and reaching out to their combined networks pre lockdown. Post lockdown, Shoneé and Ryan are actively involved with radio interviews to create awareness to get the necessary funds needed in the last few weeks leading up to the swim. Currently the total funds raised is sitting at R4100 and all donors will receive a section 18A certificate for tax relief – it is a win win for all.