Habana gives back

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:18
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Springbok record try-scorer Bryan Habana showed his charitable side on Thursday.

Habana was honoured by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for becoming the first South African player to score 50 Test match tries and was awarded R50 000 for the impressive effort.

"I feel privileged to be honoured in this manner by our Minister of Sport," said Habana, who scored his first Test try on debut against England at Twickenham in 2004.

"However, I think it's only appropriate that I share the accolades with my team-mates, without whom I would not have been able to score any tries. To get one try for the Springboks was amazing - to reach 50 is almost unreal."

Habana donated his prize money of R50,000 to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

"Madiba did so much for our wonderful country and this donation is just a small gesture to help his legacy live on forever," said Habana. "We all know how close children have always been to his heart and I think the building of this new hospital will ensure the world will forever know what Nelson Mandela was all about."