Today marks an important day for the history of South Africa and New Zealand. For the first time in international rugby history, the South Africa Springboks and the New Zealand All Blacks rugby teams came together outside the rugby field with one goal: to show that rival teams can come together to show the world the power of PEACEBUILDING THROUGH SPORT.
The event took place at LIV Village where the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation partnered with LIV Village & PPI-SA. The event had 4 major goals:
- Bring the two powerhouses of World Rugby together for the first time and engage in a sport for development environment
- Showcase the power of Peace Building through Sport
- Experience the Sport for Good work that Laureus does with the two of their KZN projects
- Provide interactive sessions between Springboks, All Blacks and Laureus YES Protégés and LIV Village participants.
From the minute the Springboks & the All Blacks arrived, the excitement at LIV Village grew. What was more astonishing was that the rugby players all arrived in one bus. This already symbolized how important collaboration and team work is when coming together for a better cause.
The players and the LIV children were put into three teams and participated in life skills activities that engaged them in topics like inclusion, collaboration, peacebuilding and community upliftment. The activities were designed and facilitated by our very own PPI-SA staff Ntobeko and Nasiphi. After the activities, players and children came together again to create a canvas with their hand prints and signatures. The purpose of this activity was to ‘sign’ an agreement together to stand for Peacebuilding through Sport and to agree that they all believe in the #WeLIV4Peace movement.
This event would not have took place without the support of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, LIV Village and Jotun South Africa. We thank you and everyone who came to support the movement.