Rugby Sevens players present shirt to Jupiter’s CEO
As many of your know our CEO Mark’s passion in life (aside from fresh produce) is rugby. It was great to see him being recognised for his ‘contribution to the Rugby Education Foundation in South Africa’ last night at their fundraising dinner ahead of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Mark was presented with a signed Springbok’s shirt and shared his table for the evening with wife and Jupiter director Yvonne along with Sevens Tournament players Kurt-Lee Arendse (22) who joined the Sevens Academy in December 2018 after being named MVP at the Varsity Cup Sevens in 2018 and LLB Law Student, Ryan Oosthuizen (24) who made his debut for the team in Hong Kong in 2017 and is spending his time between training, playing and law exams while here in the UK.
The inspirational pair, alongside captain Siviwe “Shakes” Soyizwapi and coach Johannes Daniel “Neil” Powell and the rest of the team thanked Mark and the Jupiter Group for the continued support and financial contribution made in support of the Rugby Education Foundation since its inception.
Hans Scriba, General Manager at the Rugby Educational Foundation invited Mark up on to the stage and presented him with the signed shirt and showed his gratitude for the support.
End goal of employable individuals
SA Rugby established the Rugby Educational Foundation (REF) in 2015 with the purpose of supporting talented rugby players with Education Bursaries, to enable them to balance formal education and high performance training.
Bursary recipients are predominantly from disadvantaged communities in South Africa and scholarships offer opportunity to enrol in selected schools or tertiary rugby academies. ‘The end goal is to equip players with a holistic education and to deliver more employable individuals.’
Based in the UK, Jupiter Group is a leader in the global fresh produce market. Ranked 22nd in the 2019 The Sunday Times International Track 200, Jupiter grows and supplies new varieties of grapes and citrus alongside kiwi, cherries and blueberries.