Anglers raise funds for cystic fibrosis patients

SOYISO MALITI

A Brackenfell resident who succumbed to cystic fibrosis, inspired a campaign that has collected thousands of rands in donations for people who suffer from the genetic disorder.

Stefan King, 23, affectionately referred to as “Miggie”, inspired the Miggie Challenge, which is a fresh water fishing competition, with the aim of raising awareness and funds for individuals with cystic fibrosis.

The challenge was started in 2014 to coincide with Mr King’s 21st birthday, which he spent in hospital fighting recurring infections. He died soon after.

Run by members of the Cape Town Angling Club (CTAC), the Miggie Challenge honours Mr King’s life and positive spirit, said the club’s spokeswoman and campaign organiser, Kalin Oelofse.

CTAC members have now turned the campaign into an annual fundraiser for people who suffer from the disorder.

“Every year we select a new beneficiary who is suffering from cystic fibrosis and donate the funds raised to that individual,” said Ms Oelefse.

The inaugural event raised R14 000 and the following year raised R17 000 for Andries van der Merwe, of Breederivier.

Nearly 70 anglers from the club registered for last year’s fundraiser.

This year’s Miggie Challenge, held on Wednesday April 27 at the Paarl dam, exceeded the organisers’ expectations, attracting 189 participants and raising R22 087 to Damian Wolf, 19, of Sun Valley, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and an adrenal gland tumour at 13 years old.

Mr Wolf had been angling in the Boland when the club met him, Ms Oelofse said.

Ms Oelofse told the Northern News the club would try to get hold of doctors and cystic fibrosis organisations to nominate patients who needed the donations.

Readers who are interested in helping the club or making donations can email Kalin Oelofse on capetownanglingclub@gmail.com or kalinoelofse@gmail.com