Pridwin Preparatory Motoring behind Cricket

The Central Gauteng Lions (CGL) today received a massive boost through the generosity of Pridwin Preparatory School and Bridge Taxi Finance. The donation of a mini bus taxi towards the CGL cricket development initiatives is much appreciated says Central Gauteng Lions CEO Jono Leaf-Wright;

“We’re blown away by such generosity. Transport is a significant challenge that we face daily, losing talent along the way because youngsters aren’t able to make the practices and matches. Thank you to the entire Pridwin Prep family and Mr Martin Bezuidenhout, the Bridge Taxi Finance CEO: You have no idea how many lives just became a whole lot easier because of you both!”

Pridwin Preparatory School Deputy Head: Head of Operations Eswee Prinsloo, says that the kombi is their way of lending a helping hand when needed;

“Mr Ntshinga of Central Gauteng Lions came to us with this genuine and much heartfelt need of a car to transport the children to and from practices and matches on an ongoing basis. We didn’t hesitate: The powerful cricketing brand is a great one to be associated with and doing so whilst we can uplift is an out and out bonus. I’ve no doubt that there will be many a cricket fanatic who will thank us for this gesture! Pridwin has been involved in CGL cricket development for approximately 7-years through the donation of cricket equipment through an adhoc basis. We have also arranged annual fixtures to expose our boys to less privileged living and playing conditions.”

Prinsloo goes on to say that the 2019 fixture was a turning point;

“It was a turning point in that, it was the first time that I really understood the full magnitude of the work of the development programme. The real heroes are not Pridwin Preparatory School but the numerous coaches that are sacrificing their own time and resources to give young people hope through the game of cricket. Pridwin has realized that we can make a massive contribution through something as small as donating a mini-bus. We realise that schools like Pridwin hold the financial key to make such an enormous difference and we want to challenge other schools and corporates in similar environments to reach out and do the same.”

Bridge Taxi Finance CEO, Martin Bezuidenhout says;

“Bridge Taxi Finance is proud to be associated with Pridwin Preparatory School and their inspiring sporting collaboration with the Central Gauteng Lions. We are committed to nurturing the vast amount of talent we have in our country, and to assist our citizens to be the best that they can be. As such, we are committed to support education, schooling and school children at grass roots level. In a country that has high levels of spatial inequality, reliable transportation is a crucial enabler of our people. Some of these talented cricketers walk up to 10km to practise cricket, while their parents are hard-pressed to contribute financially for transport to and from games. By donating a bus through Pridwin, we hope to inspire other Johannesburg private primary schools to dig a bit deeper and support developmental sport. This donation is part of Bridge Taxi Finance's annual school sport upliftment programme and it is the second bus that Bridge has donated to schools in this last year.”

Head coach of Dobsonville area for the Central Gauteng Lions, Mr Harmony Ntshinga concludes;

“It’s been fantastic to have Captain Temba Bavuma and Justin Sammons here today to help with the handover. They’ll know all too well how this vehicle will help those who so desperately need transport each day in the Dobsonville area. Thank you Pridwin Prep: You have absolutely outplayed yourselves!”