The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund has appointed Mark Kritzinger as its first full-time Chief Executive Officer.
That’s as they embark on a new era in helping rugby players who suffer catastrophic life-changing injuries and step up their relationship with SA Rugby by moving into SARU House in Cape Town.
The Players’ Fund has been at the forefront of helping rugby players whose lives have been changed due to injuries since it was established in 1980, with more than 600 players benefitting from their assistance in the last 42 years.
Kritzinger, who started in his new role on 1 July, said: “Having been involved with the fund in some way for almost 20 years, I am very excited to step into this new role and help direct a change in vision and strategy for the Players’ Fund to move it into a new era. I will be focusing on the strategic and commercial aspects, whilst our GM for many years, Gail Baerecke, will focus on our core business, which is partnering our brave former players through life-changing rugby injuries.”
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Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said: “As official charity of the Springboks, we’ve come a long way with the Players’ Fund and it is great to have them move into our offices as we look to closer collaboration and assisting wherever we can. Since the pandemic hit in 2020, as a sport we had to find new ways of keeping afloat financially and all of us had to tighten our belts, but we also realized that by doing something small, such as opening up office space, we can still contribute to the greater cause.”
The Players’ Fund will be kicking off a Mandela Day fundraising project in July, which makes it easy for people to donate anything from R67 using their ‘Given Gain’ platform, as well as appealing to everyone on the SA Rugby payroll to contribute a once-off amount of R67 as part of the ‘Payroll Giving’ initiative.
The Players’ Fund hopes to reach 2000 donors and a target of R134 000 to assist recipients with important specialized rehabilitation sessions.