Lend a helping hand this Christmas

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 2 Dec 2008 at 08:00
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Getting older sometimes means you lose your childlike passion for things…

As readers of this site we have all retained a sometimes child like passion for rugby. I know I have, sometimes to the detriment of my relationship with loved ones and friends who see blue where I see black and white!

One favourite passion I have seen dwindle is my excitement for Christmas and all that goes with it. Perhaps when we grow up and become fathers and husbands (or wives and mothers), we become too occupied by life’s daily challenges. This year, in honour of my mother (a massive Sharks fan), I have decided to bring back my own childlike passion for Christmas and hopefully be able to make some kids lives a little better for a day.

Around Johannesburg we have a number of hospitals, orphanages and charities filled with kids who, through no fault of their own are in situations most of us can’t imagine. With the help of some willing mates, I will be going to as many of these places as we can, dressed as Santa and his elves, with gifts donated anonymously via this site. There are 3 drop off points around JHB and the option to have presents collected if really needed and hopefully we get enough to reach a few hundred kids.

Please guys, let’s give a little back. Head on over to and find out how you can donate a gift, however small, to make a disadvantaged child’s Christmas just that little bit merrier this year.

Merry Christmas Sports fans. Hope you get spoilt rotten!

Ron (aka billy)


  • Thanks Rob. Much appreciated.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.11.08 12:04:24 by billy Reply
    billyVodacom Cup player
  • this is a superb initiative, billy… best of luck with it.

    Come, Sharkworldians… let’s get giving

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.11.08 12:07:17 by robdylan Reply
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    robdylanHead Coach
  • Great initiative billy.

    I am a supporter of the local version – the ECR Toy Story.
    I will however spread the word to all my Joburg buddies…

    Ho! Ho! Ho!

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.11.08 12:22:25 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • @blckshrk – BUCS (Comment 3) : Thanks. Appreciate your efforts.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.11.08 17:43:21 by billy Reply

    billyVodacom Cup player
  • @billy (Comment 4) : we’ll keep this up here for a few days, billy…

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.11.08 17:56:33 by robdylan Reply
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    robdylanHead Coach
  • Great initiative, perhaps get the kids to choose from a mountain of their own presents and let them donate.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.11.08 18:29:06 by gramps Reply

    Academy recruit
  • @gramps (Comment 6) : welcome to Sharksworld, gramps! Hope you enjoy it here.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.11.08 18:42:32 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • This is a great project, and deserving of all our support.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.11.08 23:06:58 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • alo fish

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.11.08 23:41:06 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @PJLD (Comment 9) :
    Hey there boytjie!

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.11.08 00:16:08 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • Hey Billy.

    just saw this article.

    Great stuff mate, i hope you get stacks of pressies to give away.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.12.08 12:52:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : @Big Fish (Comment 8) : Thanks guys. 1 toys is 1 happier kid so if i get 10 or 1000 its going to be worth it.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.12.08 16:44:52 by billy Reply

    billyVodacom Cup player

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