Cape Town - Western Province and the Blue Bulls have
decided to dedicate Saturday's Absa Currie Cup fourth round match to two
rugby heroes who are involved in a battle of their own, Tinus Linee and Joost
van der Westhuizen, both of whom are suffering from Motor Neuron Disease.
VIDEO: Joost van der Westhuizen takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
As the world continues to highlight the plight of
those affected by Neuromuscular Disease via the social media phenomenon that
is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Province and the Blue Bulls have decided to
highlight the bravery of both Linee and Van der Westhuizen through the clash at Loftus Versfeld.
Province players will wear armbands on Saturday with the wording '#TINUS',
whilst the men in blue will be playing with '#J9' armbands - all in a bid to
create awareness of MND in South Africa and further afield.
The idea was the brainchild of Western Province
captain Juan de Jongh, who told www.wprugby.com: "Tinus is a legend
within Western Province rugby circles and, of course, nobody needs reminding
of what Joost achieved as a Blue Bulls player, and in the Green and Gold of
"We thought we would do our bit to create
awareness for those affected by Motor Neuron Disease in South Africa and the
world over, while at the same time, paying tribute to the bravery shown by
Tinus and Joost, true warriors both on and off the field.
"As professional sportsmen, who are lucky and
healthy enough to play a game we love, we are also very grateful for being
able to do so on a weekly basis."
CEO of the Blue Bulls Company, Barend van Graan,
expressed the privilege and honour of being able to be involved in this fight
on behalf of his team and staff: “Firstly we must commend Western Province,
and in particular their skipper Juan de Jongh for conceptualising this
initiative for Saturday’s game. This only enhances his abilities as a great
“Both Joost and Tinus are undoubtedly legends of the
game, and have contributed so much to growing this beautiful sport. It’s only
fitting that we as a rugby community join them, and other sufferers, in their
fight against this dreaded disease.
“We have been actively involved in assisting the J9
Foundation over the last year and are looking forward to a long road ahead
together, with some amazing fund and awareness raising projects scheduled for
the near future.”
Kick-off will be at 17:05 at Loftus Versfeld and tickets are now available at
Ticketpro via online bookings at bulls.ticketpro.co.za. Ticket prices start
from as little as R10 for kids under the age of 18 and R50 for adults per
ticket (behind the posts).
Due to road works around the stadium, The Blue Bulls
Company would like to encourage the public to make use of the Gautrain.
Gautrain Bus Services will operate between Hatfield Station and Loftus
Versfeld with the last bus departing Loftus Versfeld at 20:00 to catch the last
train at 20:30. Standard train and bus fares apply.
“It is great to see the Vodacom Blue Bulls and DHL
Western Province supporting Joost van der Westhuizen, Tinus Linee, the J9
Foundation and so many others, in their fight against Motor Neuron Disease.
MND ( ALS as it is referred to in other countries) is a relatively unknown
degenerative disease which has no cure. With the support shown, awareness and
funds can be created to help the J9 Foundation in improving the quality of
life for those suffering from MND.” said David Thorpe - the CEO of the J9
Those wanting to make a donation for Tinus Linee can
whilst those wanting to make a donation towards the J9 Foundation should