- Springbok legend Bryan Habana recently distributed food parcels to impoverished communities in Cape Town
- The Rugby World Cup winner shared some inspirational messages and beautiful photos as he and his team assisted the families
- Social media users were left in awe and commended Habana for continuing to assist during the lockdown
South Africa might be in the midst of a nationwide lockdown but the social ills - such as poverty, inequality, violence and poor education - still linger on.
In fact, many South Africans have argued that the need for assistance is even greater ever since the lockdown commenced.
It was therefore heartening to see South African rugby legend Bryan Habana making a difference during this challenging period.
Through the Bryan Habana Foundation, the Rugby World Cup winner delivered numerous food parcels to communities that have been ravaged by poverty and crime.
Food Forward SA, Vernon Philander's feeding scheme and others partnered with Habana's foundation to distribute the parcels to 300 impoverished families.
Habana revealed the foundation's ambition to raise R1 million and called on the public to join the noble cause.
Unfortunately it wasn't all pretty and positive as Habana witnessed the effects of one of South Africa's greatest challenges - gender-based violence.
Although Habana shared numerous uplifting posts via Instagram, he took a moment to share the below image and message:
"Yesterday shook me to the core.
"It was this moment right here, on our way to deliver a food parcel to one of the most fragile and destitute people in Hangberg, Hout Bay, that we walked past a woman who was being carried by two men (who I choose to believe had come to her rescue) to an ambulance. Her faced covered in blood and split open in numerous places. Domestic violence. GENDER BASED VIOLENCE.
"My heart broke while my anger began to rage, my emotions swaying like a pendulum. I stood there helpless not knowing whether to drop what I was doing and try to lend a hand to a situation I had no control over or continue delivering the food parcel which will feed a family for the next three weeks.
"That image has been replaying itself through my mind for the past 24 hours. So much need, so much wrong, so much left to do.
"And again it reminded me that we as men NEED to be better. That we as men are the problem. That we as men need to do more. That we as men just can’t sit back and accept what is happening. That we as men NEED to be the solution. Each and every one of us!!!
"We won’t stop trying to make a difference!"
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Habana has made Mzansi proud once again as he celebrated being inducted into the Laureus World Sport Academy.
Since being named as an Ambassador for Laureus Sport for Good in 2009, Habana has been working to use sport to help the less fortunate.
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