It’s no secret that South African businessman and philanthropist Gavin Varejes is a huge supporter of rugby and that he is deeply devoted to using sport as a means of bringing about social. His central role in an important exchange program designed to develop rugby in Lithuania may be less well-known, however. This excellent undertaking brings together several of the loves of Varejes’s life, namely, South Africa as a symbol of progress; rugby as an enriching and wonderful sport; and Lithuania, the country in which Varejes’s father was born.
All of these personal factors have inspire Varejes to play a pivotal role in the exchange program linking Lithuanian rugby with its far more established South African counterpart. As part of this process, Varejes has involved himself closely in the efforts of South African rugby to enhance Lithuanian club Enerstena’s knowledge and skills.
Promoting Progress and Hope
Of course, this is not the first time that Varejes has found in rugby a means of promoting progress and hope. In the early years of the new millennium, he cooperated with former Springboks star John Allan to set up the South African Rugby Legends. Now firmly entrenched as the country’s most prominent sports-based charity, the Legends project embodies Varejes’s intense conviction that his native country, having overcome the sufferings and challenges of its history, is now in an excellent position to help and inspire other countries
Great Days Ahead for Lithuanian Rugby
A connection between Lithuania and international rugby may seem surprising at this point. As Varejes shrewdly observes, though, another latecomer to the sport, Argentina, has nevertheless had considerable success in the Rugby World Cup. As a patriot, philanthropist and lover of the game, Varejes is determined to make Lithuania a new center of rugby achievement.
Gavin Varejes is the CEO of Richmark Holdings LTD and the President of SARLA (South African Rugby Legends association)