SIYA KOLISI spent his childhood living off jam sandwiches at school because his family could not afford food.
And, this weekend, rugby's World Cup winning captain is helping feed hundreds of people who are even more desperate than he was as the coronavirus pandemic tears apart the world.
Springboks captain Kolisi, whose only toy growing up was a brick, heads back to his township of Zwide near Port Elizabeth today armed with hundreds of meals.
The kind-hearted star said: "We are feeding over 1,200 people.
"We are doing 500 in my township all the streets that I used to walk and all the people I used to go and ask for bread I'm now going to go and try to help out for the next couple of months.
"We are also helping out some kids at my old school. That is 85 families and there are also some creches that we are assisting.
"A lot of people are going hungry. In fact, there were a lot before the pandemic but with people being cut from work and without a job, they can't even get the little bit of food they used to have every day.
"We are trying to help out where we can, especially in the township, where it is really hard because people don't have the land to farm.
"Then in the rural areas, people might have land but they don't have access to water. Those are the new challenges that we see every day.
"I've been working on the pandemic and trying to help as much as I can.
"Every day I wake up, do my training, be with my kids then get on the phone and email and call people.
"You can feed someone for less than £5 for a whole month and give them two meals a day."
Kolisi became the first black captain to lift the Webb Ellis Cup and is now getting stuck into another huge challenge as he helps out back at home.
The 28-year-old and his immense team-mates defeated favourites England at the World Cup back in November just weeks after he set up his Kolisi Foundation with wife Rachel.
He said: "We've also been helping the front-line medical workers, getting them sanitisers, gloves and masks. We will send stuff to the communities, too.
"This is not one man's battle. It has no race. It doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, it affects everybody. It's time for all of us to stand together."
Yet Kolisi admits he cannot wait to get back on to a rugby field.
He added: "I miss seeing my teammates, the chat after the game in the changing rooms. The bonds that we have with one another at the DHL Stormers is the one thing I miss.
"I would do anything to be in training now, but I am also loving the time with my family we have never been this long together.
"I might not get this opportunity again until I stop playing."
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