Rachel Kolisi, wife to Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, has posted a heartfelt video message on social media for Women’s Month that pays tribute to the women working to uplift poor communities.
Her message follows a recent visit with her husband to the impoverished community of Zwide in the Eastern Cape, where a group of women are dedicating their time to ensuring members of the township don’t go to bed hungry.
Watch Rachel’s message here:
Both Rachel and Siya are avid sponsors of a number of different charities through their Kolisi Foundation, which helps bolster the work of women.
In a separate video about the Kolisi Foundation, Siya speaks frankly about his childhood experiences with poverty and the role of the women who made sure he also had a meal.
“We grew up in communities helping one another and that’s why it was tough for me to go to Zwide and look at all the ladies I used to ask for food; a cup of flour, mealie-meal for my grandmother to cook. Now I’m able to do the same and I haven’t forgotten about them,” he says in the clip.
Listen to Siya in this video: