Young Chiefs Football Club players have been commended by their local community after the team donated food parcels to needy people in Zwelitsha last week.
“The food parcels consisted of mealie meal, flour, sugar, oil, tea and other items,” team coach Siphelo Xati said.
“We put them together through donations and contributions from community members, while executive members and players also contributed financially. We came up with the idea to reach out to these needy families as a team as a way of giving back to our community, and to say thank you for their overwhelming support gained over the years.”
Xati added that the team was not owned by any individual, and, as such, depended on the support of the community as most of the young players were students or unemployed.
“Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, we have seen families losing their jobs, businesses closing down and other families losing the only breadwinner.
“This propelled us to come up with this initiative.”
During the handover ceremony, Xati said it was heartbreaking to see the appreciation on the faces of the desperately struggling beneficiaries.
“The recipients were excited and just kept on thanking the team for the gesture as it all came as a huge surprise to them,” said Xati.
Xati extended his gratitude to all donors, members and players for their support in making the programme a phenomenal success.
Young Chiefs football club was established in Zwelitsha in 1978 and promoted to the SAB league in 2016/17.