UK Branch Secretary, Nicky Bicket (1973F) reports: Well by any standards July was quite a month: importantly restrictions have been lifted except in places where they're not; England after two hours of football then lost the Euros 2020 playing a game that isn't; and Djokovic garnered all sorts of records by winning the 2021 Wimbledon's Men's Singles without even having to go to a shootout. The 2020 Olympics have at last started and the Lions beat the Boks in the first test. And Unesco stripped Liverpool of its world heritage status.
Distressingly, we have witnessed from afar the dreadful mayhem and destruction in South Africa. But also stories of solidarity and collective strength in the face of unrest which has left the poorest and most vulnerable in even more dire circumstances than they were before. In the belief that stealing widescreen television sets reverses poverty.
ODs stepped up and offered financial and support in kind. Crispian Stanford (S, 1968) and ODU branch secretary of Kwazulu-Natal has coordinated and collected donations, and so generous and swift was the response that the initial target of R20,000 was exceeded in 24 hours and reset to R50,000. £1 is a lot of rands. They need another R10k — £500. That's about £1 per UK OD. Let's help them get there. You can make your donation HERE. A gift from Bishops Old Boys to a desperate South Africa.
And then, for a hopeful and politically "scientific" opinion, this JP Landman piece is worth a read.
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