South Africa to donate T20 match fees to MAD charity

CSA had earlier granted MAD naming rights to the T20 International Series at no cost in a bid to further raise awareness for the foundation’s work in promoting educational opportunities among the youth Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Johannesburg: Oct 12, 2011

South African team has decided to donate the match fees of their first T20 match against Australia to Make a Difference (MAD) charity.

South African captain Hashim Amla said in a press conference, “The Protea players have decided to donate their match fees for tomorrow s match to the Make a Difference (MAD) Foundation. This is in support of the wonderful work they do. “

“Their tireless efforts in making a difference to young lives in South Africa have been an inspiration to the team and we are proud to be associated with them,” added Amla ahead of the opening encounter of the two-match series at Sahara Park Newlands.

Amla s announcement came after CSA granted MAD naming rights to the T20 International Series, at no cost, in a bid to further raise awareness for the foundation s work in promoting educational opportunities among the youth.

CSA CEO Gerald Majola thanked the South African players for their commitment towards the cause. “I would like to congratulate and thank the players for their commitment to the Make a Difference (MAD) charity. This is a true Lead South Africa gesture and confirms what wonderful role models they are to the people they represent the entire population of our country. I hope it will inspire the public and particularly the business community to follow their example,” said Majola.

The South African Cricketers Association (SACA) itself has confirmed a donation of R20 000 to MAD.

SACA CEO Tony Irish said: “The players and the players association are keen to support the work that the Make A Difference Foundation does with talented underprivileged children. In our country its so important that the privileged actually do something to help out those less fortunate than themselves.”

MAD spokesperson Francois Pienaar said: “The commitment of Cricket South Africa and the Proteas to our organisation has really been phenomenal. This partnership should be a roadmap for the way in which sport can truly be part of social change. The impact of this donation will further ensure that the young people we support have access to opportunities that will enable them to excel in the future, which is first prize for us.”