Friday, 31 August 2012

Olympic champ braais for charity

Cameron van der Burgh
wields his braai tongs
On Friday 24 August 2012, Olympic Gold Medalist Cameron van der Burgh wielded his braai tongs to feed hungry mouths at Abangani Enkosini, a Nashua Children's Charity Foundation (NCCF) supported children's home in Alexandra Township. BK Publishing Director/Publisher Benoit Knox and Supernova Editor Andrea Vermaak were there to get the scoop and support the initiative.

Cameron van der Burgh
and Jan Braai were happy
to braai boerewors for the kids

van der Burgh received a cow from Jan Braai, head of the National Braai Day initiative, in honour of achieving a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the London 2012 Olympics. Not certain what to do with this sizeable gift, mentor and friend Ryk Neethling, prompted van der Burgh to donate the cow to Neethling’s charity of choice. Valued at R7000, Jan Braai turned the cow into 140kgs of boerewors, which was which was subsequently braaied by Jan, van der Burgh and Neethling at Abangani Enkosini.


van der Burgh commented on his donation and helping to braai for the kids: “I've had a lot of support from everyone, but even if I did not have an ounce of support, I'd still do this. Supporting the kids is the least I can do to give back. Given the opportunity to do this, I want to do it again. If I can alleviate bad conditions for an afternoon, why not? I challenge other medallists to do the same thing.”

Cameron van der Burgh with children at Abangani Enkosini

Neethling also commented on why it is so important to give back: “I was brought up to understand how fortunate I am and opportunities to improve the community are more important than winning an Olympic medal.”

Cameron van der Burgh enjoys a song and dance

Cameron van der Burgh poses with the
Olympic issue of Supernova
Ryk Neething and Supernova Editor Andrea Vermaak

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