We salute you!
This is the central message carried by the Sunshine Tour and its players to all those men and women who continue to work during these difficult times when the world must deal with the COVID-19 crisis.
As the number of new COVID-19 cases in the country continues to rise and with the national lockdown in full swing, the unsung heroes of our nation are those who are required to roll up their sleeves and become the vanguard in our push-back against the spread of this virus. They are the doctors, nurses, soldiers, police, service providers our economies can never do without.
â€œThank you to the first respondents,â€ said Jacques Blaauw on a video posted on social media in support of the Sunshine Tourâ€™s #ThankYouToTheEssentialWorkers social media campaign. â€œYou are fighting this CPVID-19 pandemic on the forefront and you are all our heroes. We salute you. To the general public, please be safe, stay indoors.â€
Joined by his dog in his video, James Hard du Preez posted: â€œWe just want to say thank you to all the essential workers and the health workers who are on the frontlines during this COVID-19 crisis. A massive thank you to you guys for risking your lives and keeping everything smoothly and hopefully, curing a whole bunch of views.â€
While the reality of the situation is dire, a huge effort from everyone, and in support of the work done by the essential workers in the medical fields and other areas, can contribute a great deal in advancing the fight and ultimately ridding our nation of this virus.
â€œIt is important that we all stay safe and stay at home,â€ said Thabiso Ngcobo in his message, â€œWe can definitely flatten this curve if everyone does their part.â€
In an unprecedented move in South African professional golf, the Sunshine Tour announced that it will pay a monthly stipend to its member professionals, and on a scale according to their various categories of membership, for the months of April and May 2020, in a gesture of solidarity and in the spirit of taking care of its members during these difficult times.