Tries for smiles: Stormers are playing rugby to change the lives of young children

Tries for smiles: Stormers are playing rugby to change the lives of young children

The Western Cape's provincial rugby team visited to Tygerberg Hospital to spend time with the children there.

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The Stormers team hung out with the kids as part of an initiative between the rugby club and Vodacom to help better the lives of the children in the hospital.

For every try the Stormers scores, Vodacom would donate R3000 to the Smile Foundation, an organisation that helps fund surgeries for children with cleft palate and facial deformaties.

In an attempt to motivate the players to score as many tries as possible, the Smile Foundation took them to spend time with the little ones they would be helping.

“You guys coming here today and sharing some of the journey of some of the patients is saying you’re supporting the likes of the health professionals and want to be side by side with parents who walk long journeys,” said the Smile Foundation's chief executive, Hedley Lewis.

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Needless to say, the Stormers felt inspired and motivated.

“I feel blessed to be here, sometimes we take things for granted, but to see these kids and see how much they appreciate that they can breath, walk and run, its special. I see the joy it brings to their families. I have enough motivation to score tries now. It’s a wonderful initiative of Smile, we want to score more tries now, so it will be good motivation,” said Nizaam Carr, Stomers' number eight.

Take a look at the video below, which features one boy who had reconstructive surgery.

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