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New era as Players’ Fund aligns more closely with SA Rugby gains first CEO

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That Chris Burger Petro Jackson Player Fund ushered in a new era with the appointment of Markus Kritzinger as the first full-time Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The Players’ Fund, which helps players who have suffered catastrophic, life-changing injuries playing rugby, also strengthened its relationship with SA Rugby by moving to SARU House in Cape Town.

The Fund has been at the forefront of supporting rugby players whose lives have been transformed by injury since its inception in 1980, with more than 600 players benefiting from its support over the last 42 years.

Kritzinger officially took up his new role on Friday (July 1).

“Having been involved in some way with the fund for almost 20 years, I am delighted to take on this new role and to help effect a change in vision and strategy for the Players’ Fund to move it into a new era to lead,” he said in a statement released by SA Rugby.

“I will focus on the strategic and commercial aspects whilst our longtime GM Gail Baerecke will focus on our core business which is guiding our brave former players through life changing rugby injuries.

“We are also delighted to have incorporated our offices at SA Rugby HQ and look forward to working more closely with the team.”

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux added: “As the official charity of the Springboks, we’ve come a long way with the Players’ Fund and it’s great to have them move into our offices as we look for closer collaboration and support strive wherever we can.

“Since the 2020 pandemic, we as a sport have had to find new ways to sustain ourselves financially and we’ve all had to tighten our belts, but we’ve also realized that if we do something small, like for example the opening of office space still contribute to the greater cause.

“We are still as excited about our relationship as ever and can’t wait to get more involved in the wonderful work of The Players’ Fund.”

The Players’ Fund is launching a Mandela Day fundraising project in early July, making it easy for people to donate from R67 through their Given Gain platform and appealing to everyone on the SA Rugby payroll to make a one-time contribution . Rebate amount of R67 as part of Payroll Giving initiative.

The fund hopes to reach 2,000 donors and a target of R134,000 to support recipients with important specialized rehabilitation sessions.

“The importance of secondary rehabilitation for anyone living with a disability is significant because it improves functionality, reduces health complications related to mobility limitations, and promotes independence, which is important in activities of daily living,” added Baerecke.

You can donate through the Player Fund website and follow the work being done on Instagram and Facebook:

New era as Players’ Fund aligns more closely with SA Rugby gains first CEO

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