The Kenya Rugby Union will use the Rugby Africa Solitary funds to offer support to Nationwide League Clubs, KRU secretariat, support staff and match officials.
To reach the group, KRU has partnered with Mobile Futures Egift Vocha and Naivas Kenya to disburse the funds that were shared among member unions by Africa’s rugby Governing body. Each member of the Rugby Africa was to receive around KSH500,000.
The digital vouchers will be used by the beneficiaries to shop at any Naivas outlets. KRU Director of Rugby Thomas Odundo said they will target the 25 lower tier clubs as well referees and KRU support staff who frequently are never recognized.
“Through this initiative, KRU will offer support to 25 clubs in the Nationwide League, which is the lowest tier of club competition in the country. It will also offer support to the KRU Secretariat and Support staff as well as match officials, who largely go unrecognized,” Odundo said.
Odundo also revealed that they will support National Teams to return to training by providing medical and psychosocial support. They will also provide the National Team players and staff with Personal Protective Gear (PPE).
“KRU will also support the National Teams as they prepare to return to training after the soon to be released guidelines from Mosca Kenya – with forms of medical or psychosocial support as well as provision of PPEs to the players, officials and other support staff,” he added.
Egift Vocha Chief Executive Officer Raphael Marambii on his part said: “We are extremely honoured and delighted to partner with The Kenya Rugby Union and our leading local Supermarket Naivas Kenya to launch this initiative to support our rugby sportsmen/women across Kenya with digital gift shopping vouchers.”
“These digital vouchers through our technology will be locked for use only at NAIVAS tills countrywide thus ensuring the beneficiaries get the best service and no misuse of the vouchers so that they are only used for essential groceries shopping.”
Kenya Rugby Referees Association President, Mwangi Karimi said: “We’d like to appreciate the Kenya Rugby Union for supporting the KRRA with the Rugby Africa solidarity funds. It will be very helpful to our match officials.”