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Parker – I Grew Up In A Shack

Kaizer Chiefs star Bernard Parker has opened up on his tough upbringing, saying he grew up with a single mom in a shack and that many times could only afford pap and water.

The 35-year-old, though, was able to rise above his difficult circumstances and has been with Amakhosi since 2011.

This week, Die Hand took part in a Score for Foot event by Vodacom, which saw Chiefs and Orlando Pirates team up to hand out food parcels to underprivileged families.

Vodacom donated R5000 for every goal the two Soweto Giants scored in the 2020/21 DStv Premiership campaign, making it an overall R335 000.

As a consequence, 850 food parcels could be handed out by some of both club’s players, with Parker reflecting on his own childhood during the event.

“I grew up in a shack with a single mom. I remember the day my mother was retrenched and we had nothing. I had to make pap for the whole week, which we ate dry – no sugar and no milk. For about two weeks,” he said at the event.

“We did that for two weeks. Breakfast, lunch and supper every day. And we only had water to drink. Sometimes when there was sugar, we had sugar water to have some flavour. 

“I know how much this food will mean to a family. When I think back on what we went through, I understand exactly what these families are going through.”

Parker’s current Chiefs contract is running out by the end of the month and it remains to be seen whether he will stay at Naturena or not.

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