An Advanced Treatment for Joost
Joost van der Westhuizen was diagnosed with a Motor Neuron Disease called ALS at the Cleveland Clinic’s Neuromuscular Unit in the United States. With the help of his doctors and SARLA, at the behest of Gavin Varejes, Joost opted to undergo innovative stem cell treatment. The treatment is aimed at regenerating muscle tissue and to prevent further damage taking place. Joost underwent surgery to collect fat cells as part of the process of preparing the therapeutic product to be injected into his muscles and veins. It is the first time that a treatment like this is conducted in South Africa and a range of clinical tests are to be conducted post treatment.
John and Gavin in the Trenches for Our Youth
An attempt is being made in South Africa to bring token based selection of sportspeople into play. If political motivations are considered in the area of sport, the country is in danger of a tarnished reputation with international bodies like the IOC, ICC and FIFA. In an effort to fight this travesty, the South African Rugby Legends Association and Gavin Varejes are working with former Springboks on Legacy Park clinics that expose youths with potential for sporting success from underprivileged areas. Recruitment from grassroots would mean a politically sound selection across the board regardless of a token system in place and the initiative would result in ultimate fairness.
A New Captain for the Winning Team
fter many years of notable contributions to the rugby world, Jake White was recruited by Gavin Varejes of Richmark Holdings. In his thrilling new position as Head Coach in the marketing department of Richmark, Jake has the opportunity to make his mark in the world outside of rugby. Gavin Varejes, CEO of Richmark expressed his pleasure at welcoming Jake into the company. Richmark Holdings work to promote entrepreneurial skill and spirit in South Africa with a number of companies in the telecommunications, sport and security industries in their fold. Jake White is very much looking forward to working with Richmark.
Michael Trapido Interviews Gavin Varejes
In an interview with criminal lawyer and specialist blogger Michael Trapido, Gavin Varejes showed off his extensive collection of memorabilia in his Sandton office. He took a trip down memory lane when telling Michael a bit about his history. Gavin Varejes spoke about starting out his life in Durban and ending up in Johannesburg as the head of Richmark Holdings. He also spoke about his family life and his passion for sport and charity work. Gavin is involved with charitable causes and deeply entrenched in the sport centred charity organisation SARLA with a number of significant sponsors and executive backing.
Honoring the Legends
Gavin Varejes, John Allen and SARLA arranged a get-together of Rugby World Cup winners of 1995 and 2007 in Sandton at the Southern Sun. The occasion started with John and Gavin welcoming everybody and speaking about the magnitude that continued support from Springboks after they stop playing rugby has to South African sport. Gavin Varejes showed a film demonstrating the excellent work SARLA has been doing through the years. The organisation has conducted thousands of clinics for children across South Africa that are not exposed to sport or who live in unfortunately poor conditions. Johnny Clegg closed the evening with his views on how vital sport is to the country.
Gavin Varejes; CEO of Richmark Holdings
CEO of Richmark Holdings, Gavin Varejes spoke about the role that Jake White is to take on at Richmark. Gavin said that the former coach of the Springboks will be working with Richmark in their marketing department and said that he is excited about the contributions that Jake is expected to make. Gavin pointed out that Richmark is focussed on the telecommunications arena but also invest in other companies outside of that particular scope. As well as working in marketing and sales, Jake will also make a contribution in the clinics presented by SARLA in disadvantaged areas and continue with the IRB in a consultative capacity.