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The Vodacom Bulls took some time off from the training field for a visit to the Vodacom ICT Centre in Sunnyside, Pretoria on Thursday in support of the Tries for Teachers campaign.

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Four members of the Vodacom Bulls that took part in the 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby campaign found out first-hand how the campaign is boosting education in South Africa.

Burger Odendaal, Deon Stegmann, Lappies Labuschagne and Tian Schoeman took the short trip a stone’s throw away from Loftus Versfeld to Sunnyside to see what a difference their try scoring abilities are having in the community.

This year’s Vodacom SupeRugby was used as a vehicle to launch the Tries for Teachers initiative that supports teacher training in South Africa.

For every try scored by a South African team during the 2015 season Vodacom donated R5000 towards the campaign.

Tries for Teachers supports Vodacom Foundation’s flagship Mobile Education Programme for teachers to be empowered through access to Information Communication Technology (ICT).

The Vodacom Bulls have scored a total of 37 tries in the 2015 Vodacom SupeRugby season, which equates to a donation of R185 000 for the Tries for Teachers initiative.

The Pretoria side scored the second most tries in the South African Conference along with the Cell C Sharks.

The fleet-footed Francois Hougaard spearheaded the Vodacom Bulls’ try-scoring with the 7 five-pointers to his name for a total contribution of R35 000 to the campaign.

Centre Jan Serfontein followed shortly behind him with his five tries adding R25 000 to the tally.

In total 183 tries have been scored by South African teams during the season, which totals a donation of R915 000.

Vodacom has decided to add a further R85 000 to the initiative for an even R1 million that would make the difference in the lives of others.

Vodacom’s Janus Kloppers, Brand Manager – Sponsorships & Regional marketing said: “The Tries for Teachers campaign demonstrated that rugby goes beyond what happens between the four lines.

The visit to the Sunnyside ITC centre gave the players a practical example of how they can make a difference in the lives of others.”

The players along with trainees from the centre were involved in some hands on training with a CISCO technician as they were shown how to assemble computers.

Youth trainees and Centre Management then had a turn to give the players the third degree during a question and answer session.

The Vodacom ICT Centre in Sunnyside is just one of 61 teacher centres that have been established country wide, which offer teacher development training, youth and community programmes.

Information about the Tries for Teachers campaign

Tries for Teachers supports Vodacom Foundation’s flagship Mobile Education Programme for teachers to be empowered through access to Information Communication Technology (ICT).

The programme offers teacher training and has trained over 20 000 teachers in Maths and Science using technology. Teachers are also trained on how to integrate ICT in the classroom.

Currently, a total of 61 teacher centres have been established country wide, which offer teacher development training, youth and community programmes.