The Buildnat Cape Cobras, in conjunction with Woolworths Long Beach and their Parklands stores, visited the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on Friday 2nd December.

The visit of one of the leading domestic franchises, one that virtually reigned supreme and unchallenged from 2012 to the end of 2014, was aimed at inspiring patients and parents and offering them opportunities to mingle with the players and also to meet some decorated stars who have worn the internationally acclaimed Protea-badge. The children will also receive goodie bags.

“Our mission as a team and franchise is to win trophies, to inspire and delight our supporters with our performances. Yet, we would also like to give back to fans (young and old) and to share the warmth and affection which form part of the DNA and heartbeat of our franchise,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Buildnat Cape Cobras.

“We want to express our good will and compassion in tangible ways and therefore Red Cross Hospital will always hold a special place in our hearts,” Dien added.

“We are delighted to once again be part of this heart-warming initiative with the Buildnat Cape Cobras, our Parklands colleagues and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.” said Andrew Lottering, Woolworths Long Beach Mall foods manager.

“We are thrilled to be involved and we trust that the time we spent with the children will accelerate their healing,” said Alastair Willemse, store manager at Woolworths Parklands.

“This is an annual highlight since I first visited this hospital as part of the Western Province team in 2000,” said Paul Adams, the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ coach.

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see smiles on faces and the lively interaction between the children and the players. It almost feels like the crowd reaction after a Cape Cobras’ win – it is simply sensational,” Adams added, “Ultimately, the players receive more than they give.”