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Keep the Aggro on the Field

Safe House Stellenbosch must be one of the luckiest NPO’s in South Africa. Do you know why? Because they have been adopted by the FNB Maties rugby team as their local shelter of choice for the Varsity Cup ‘Keep the Aggro on the field‘ campaign.

All Varsity Cup & Shield universities accepted the challenge of identifying a local shelter or organisation that counsels and supports abused women. Varsity Cup gave each of the 13 universities the right to commit support and appropriated funds towards their social involvement projects. What makes the campaign even more impressive is the financial commitment is not enough, the first-team players themselves must physically be involved in lending a hand – literally.

In an effort to gain more exposure for this worthy cause, every man of the match during the Varsity Cup tournament will be awarded a pink shorts to wear in the next match. The idea is that through the very masculine and aggressive game of rugby, more men are made aware of the effects of domestic violence on women and children. Sport can be used to channel frustration and aggression in a positive way.

Maties Rugby Safe House Stellenbosch

And if the success of the drive is to be measured by ‘lending a hand’ literally, then the FNB Maties do come out tops. At Safe House they have been instrumental in various improvements and building projects at the house. Everything from creating or improving on a number of areas at the house like the serenity garden for the victims and the play area for the children. The play therapy room, which has been become a very important part of the counselling that children receive when they come to Safe House [read more here].

FNB Maties have committed to support the L’Abrie de Dieu Safe House because we are a social outreach mission that aims to address the plight of vulnerable women and children who fall victim to violence.

Did you know that Safe House Stellenbosch is the only shelter of its kind in the Greater Stellenbosch Municipal District for victims of domestic violence and abuse?

Lee Rossouw, the manager of Safe House says, “The moral regeneration movement of the South African government has identified women and children at risk as the number one social priority that requires government and civil attention. This is where the Varsity Cup Organisation and Maties Rugby Club has stepped up to the plate and accepted the challenge to make a difference. Their “keep the Aggro on the field” campaign might touch so much more lives we are not even aware of, because we have seen that just by speaking out against domestic violence and being supportive of those directly affected we can all make a positive difference! We want to thank The Varsity Cup Organisation and Maties Rugby Club for their yearly sponsorship and direct involvement in our shelter!”

FNB Maties have been supporting Safe House for the past 6 years after they heard about our organisation. Their ‘Keep the Aggro on the Field’ campaign was launched 10 years ago. If you would like to get involved in the work Safe House does read more here how you can become a Friend of the Safe House. Or if you feel compelled to make a donation, click here. Keen to volunteer, read more here.


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