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Rugby team scores on field to raise R85 000 for charity

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Hilton College U16 rugby players score Tries 4 Lives

In a heartfelt message, Hilton rugby’s U16 rugby captain explained his side’s initiative in 2019 to excel on the field and raise money for a local charity.

Nick Hatton, the U16A captain, wrote: “We, the U16 rugby squad of Hilton College for 2019, played our season for something bigger than ourselves. Tries 4 Lives is all about playing for a purpose and realising our privilege here at Hilton, which means something way more then winning. This is why we decided to do something about it.”

Thandi House, a home for abandoned children, is about 7km, as the crow flies, from the school.

Hilton U16 rugby boys interact with kids from Thandi House during a recent get-together. Pictures: Supplied

“Every member of the team pledged an amount of money for every try scored by us this year. It has been another incredibly rewarding and unforgettable season. Thanks to the generosity of parents and friends, the team raised an amazing R85 000 for Thandi house.”

Give something back

Hatton said their hope was to inspire others in similar positions “to do what we love every weekend, to just give a little something back to those who have a lot less than us and who may not have the opportunity to experience what they love”.

The rugby players had a Christmas get-together with Thandi House to spoil the children, add to relationships built and hand over the money raised.

Meanwhile, the school congratulated Avumile Mcunu, who was recently re-awarded provincial colours after playing in the KZN Youth Orchestra for two years. He has been selected to play in the orchestra for a third consecutive year in 2020.

Avumile Mcunu.

In the Michaelmas holidays, as a member of the KZN Youth Orchestra, Avumile participated in the South African School Bands’ Association national competition. The competition was held at Reddam House Umhlanga and the orchestra came first in its category – symphony orchestras.

Avumile was awarded Youth National Colours and received a green blazer.

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