Maccabi SA partners with Afrika Tikkun to assist community sport

4 April 2016
A key objective of Maccabi South Africa is to assist those in need in both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities, through outreach and upliftment projects in line with the fundamental principle of ‘’tzedakah’’ – righteous behaviour through charitable contribution.

In 2015 Maccabi began to build the foundations for a meaningful programme by identifying how the organisation could most effectively help the community. The resulting three key focus areas are:

  • The establishment of the Maccabiah Youth Fund to assist Jewish youth attend the Games and experience Israel;
  • The collection and delivery of sports equipment to those in need;
  • The transference of knowledge and skills to community coaches.

In the next phase of the programme Maccabi SA is delighted to announce a partnership with Afrika Tikkun. For over 20 years Afrika Tikkun has been instrumental in implementing development programmes to assist disadvantaged young people realise their full potential. Through their Cradle to Career model, this NGO is making an impact by supporting children from infancy into adulthood and employment, to ensure that they become the next generation of productive South African citizens – see www.afrikatikkun.org for further information.

Afrika Tikkun’s sports programmes, which forms part of their holistic developmental approach, play a vital role in helping children develop their skills and talents. To kick off the relationship, Maccabi SA arranged a sports equipment and clothing handover on 4 March 2016 at the Afrika Tikkun Centre in Braamfontein. Chairman of Maccabi SA, Clifford Garrun and Exco members delivered boxes of new and second hand gear, which included: Soccer, Rugby, Basketball, Tennis and general sports equipment. In addition, following Maccabi SA’s 2016 Launch on 13 March, an additional 30 new soccer, netball and volleyballs, generously donated by DTR Sport’s Mike Bolel,  were donated to the programme. These goods will be used to support Afrika Tikkun’s programmes at their five Community Centres and will be a big boost to the quality of the sports programme.

‘’The platform of sport provides Maccabi SA with the ability to effectively engage with communities and importantly contribute to increased health and wellness. In a very small way, we are delighted to be able to assist the outstanding efforts of Afrika Tikkun’’, commented Garrun.

Maccabi SA is working closely with Afrika Tikkun’ s Thomas Taole (National Sports Manager), to identify requirements and develop a successful relationship going forward. To this end, Maccabi SA is facilitating the participation of eight Afrika Tikkun coaches at an upcoming professional football coaching seminar, thus ensuring the youth receive the latest coaching methods.

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