The 65-year-old Piet May was all smiles and nearly tears on Friday morning ahead of his departure to Pretoria, where he will be leading the support during the clash between Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) and Grey College.
Earlier in the week, the trip for May to join Grey for the annual inter-schools fixture was virtually impossible due to his funding being near depletion.
On a beautiful autumn morning in Bloemfontein, Sunette Els of MTN, and JD Ferreira of SweatGear, proved that in this day and age there are still good Samaritans out there by making it possible for May to carry on doing what he does best and loves going.
Thanks to Els, the school’s biggest and most loved supporter will be able to travel with the institution and be accommodated during their away fixtures, while Ferreira, who is an old boy, provided him with a one-of-a-kind rugby jersey that he will proudly be displaying next to the field.
On top of that May, who works at the Free State Cricket Union, received a brand new mobile phone.
Says Els: “From our side, it is always nice to change people’s heart and to show people that we care. I think that it’s a big thing to make a difference in life, to show people that you care and that you care about individuals and it’s not just about sponsorships, big companies, and corporates.
“It’s nice to change somebodies life, to be there for them and to make a difference.”
May, who has the ability to put a smile on a person’s face because of his energetic and life-loving nature, had a tear in his eye and was almost at a loss for words.
“I’m overwhelmed and very happy!
“It’s the first time in my life that I have seen such a nice gesture, I don’t have words. Without the help of MTN I wouldn’t have been able to carry on supporting the boys in away matches.”
May was equally as pleased about his limited edition jersey and cannot wait to don it on Saturday at Affies.
“I’m very pleased about my new jersey, now I have new wings and I’m really going to enjoy running at all the matches.
“I’m going to Pretoria now there by the ‘Wit Bulle’ – Affies – I’m going to love and enjoy running around there.”
May, was also not shy about predicting who will reign supreme this weekend in the huge fixture.
“There is no question about who will win this weekend. There is only one team and one school. It’s the best school in the world. Grey College is going to thump Affies!”
The first team rugby game between Affies and Grey will kick off at 13:55 on Saturday afternoon and because it is a classic clash it will be televised on SuperSport 10. – MORGAN PIEK