This week has been interrupted a little by bank holidays which means that we haven’t been able to coach as much as we would have liked but has still been a very good one.
On Thursday the national side did the Border to Border run, which was 84km from the Ngwenya border post to Mhlumeni border post. This was to raise awareness of the sides Test Match against Botswana on 6th October and to raise some money through sponsorship. Running in teams of 2/3, they relayed the distance ahead of schedule assisted by police escort which was something I didn’t think I would experience in my time here. I managed a few k’s myself and drove Mike around with the camera making sure we got some good action shots. The weather was the only real downer on the day which otherwise was a huge success, thunder and lightning putting a stop to the running for a little bit as the guys took shelter.
Otherwise the week was filled with planning and helping out with a presentation that Malindi will be doing to FNB to ask for sponsorship. Hopefully, the work that we’ve put into it means that they will come on board with the SRU.
Linda and Mike also took me to the plot of land they have bought and are looking to build on in the future for their home, accommodation for volunteers and offices for SKRUM. This was great to see and learn about what they plan to do with it in the future.
This weekend I was taken out on the town by Malindi and one of the guys from the national side for his birthday. It was a great 48hours and I was looked after by everyone and welcomed wherever we went. We also met one of the King’s Daughters which was a bit of a surreal experience and again something I didn’t expect to happen!
My time here has gone very quickly and 2 weeks is probably not long enough, but I’m sure I’ll be back at some point. Mike and Linda have looked after me incredibly well, and all the things I’d heard from the other volunteers before I got here were all true. Going back to university next week will be very strange but it has been very memorable and would truly recommend this trip to anyone that wanted to do something a little different.