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Vodacom-Super-Rugby-new20 July 2015 - Players of the South African SupeRugby teams have visited Vodacom Teacher Centres to see first hand how their try scoring abilities boost education in South Africa.

This year’s Vodacom SupeRugby was used as a vehicle to launch the Tries for Teachers initiative which supports Vodacom Foundation’s flagship Mobile Education Programme for teachers to be empowered through access to Information Communication Technology (ICT).

For every try scored by a South African team during the 2015 season, Vodacom donated R5 000 towards the campaign. In total 183 tries have been scored by South African teams during the season, which totals a donation of R915 000. Vodacom has decided to add a further R85 000 to the initiative for an even R1 million that would make the difference in the lives of others.

Vodacom’s Janus Kloppers, Brand Manager – Sponsorships & Regional marketing said: “The Tries for Teachers campaign demonstrated that rugby goes beyond what happens between the four lines. The visit to the Vodacom Teacher Centres gave the players a practical example of how they can make a difference in the lives of others.”

The players along with trainees from each centre were involved in some hands on training with a CISCO technician as they were shown how to assemble and operate computers. Youth trainees and Centre Management then had a turn to give the players the third degree during a question and answer session.

 

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 Below please find the scores and photos of the teams' Teacher Centre visits. 

 

Sharks visit Umbilo Centre, Pinetown

The Cell C Sharks scored 37 tries during the campaign contributing R185 000 to teacher training.  

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Lions visit Orlando Pirates Centre, Soweto

As the darlings of the 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby tournament the Emirates Lions also made a major contribution towards the Tries for Teachers campaign. The Johannesburg-based franchise won over the hearts of many a rugby fan with their gritty performances but also appetite for running rugby and scoring tries.

Members of the Lions team visited the Vodacom ICT Centre at the Orlando Pirates Centre in Soweto where they experienced first-hand how their five-pointers made the difference in the lives of others.

Lions flyer Ruan Combrinck, was the leading try-scorer for his side along with Faf de Klerk with five apiece. While De Klerk was doing duty with the Springboks, Combrinck spearheaded the Lions contingent in Soweto with Courtnall Skosan, Alwyn Hollenbach, Ruan Combrinck, Ross Cronje, Anthony Volmink and Mark Richards joining him.

The Lions players had a glimpse of what a difference their try scoring abilities are having in the community. Thanks to their 33 tries this season the Lions added R165 000 to the R1 million that was raised towards the initiative.

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Bulls visit Sunnyside Centre, Pretoria

The Vodacom Bulls took some time off from the training field for a visit to the Vodacom ICT Centre in Sunnyside, Pretoria on Thursday in support of the Tries for Teachers campaign.

Four members of the Vodacom Bulls that took part in the 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby campaign found out first-hand how the campaign is boosting education in South Africa. Burger Odendaal, Deon Stegmann, Lappies Labuschagne and Tian Schoeman took the short trip a stone’s throw away from Loftus Versfeld to Sunnyside to see what a difference their try scoring abilities are having in the community.

The Vodacom Bulls have scored a total of 37 tries in the 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby season, which equates to a donation of R185 000 for the Tries for Teachers initiative. The Pretoria side scored the second most tries in the South African Conference along with the Cell C Sharks.

The fleet-footed Francois Hougaard spearheaded the Vodacom Bulls’ try-scoring with the 7 five-pointers to his name for a total contribution of R35 000 to the campaign. Centre Jan Serfontein followed shortly behind him with his five tries adding R25 000 to the tally.

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Stormers visit Metro East Education Centre, Kuilsrivier

The tries the DHL Stormers scored this season did not only aide them in reaching the playoffs of the 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby tournament, but also boosted education in South Africa.

DHL Stormers’ top try-scorer this season, Dillyn Leyds and team-mates Cheslin Kolbe, Seabelo Senatla and Kobus van Wyk visited the Vodacom ICT Centre in Kuilsriver on Friday to find out first-hand what a difference their try scoring abilities have in the community.

The Cape Town-based franchise played their part to contribute to the campaign with the 32 tries they scored throughout the tournament. The DHL Stormers’ tries amounted to a donation of R160 000 to Tries for Teachers which supports Vodacom Foundation’s flagship Mobile Education Programme for teachers to be empowered through access to Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Leyds displayed a serious ability to cross the whitewash with the six tries which he scored this season, while Springbok centre Damian de Allende added four to his side’s total tally. The combined effort of the two players contributed R50 000 towards the initiative.

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