Teen to benefit from Miggie challenge

Oliver Murphy of Durbanville is this years Miggie Challenge beneficiary.

A young Durbanville teen with cystic fibrosis will be the beneficiary of this year’s Miggie Challenge.

The freshwater bank angling competition by the Cape Town Angling Club is raising funds for and awareness about cystic fibrosis and organ donation.

The competition started in 2014 in celebration of Stefan “Miggie” King’s 21st birthday. Stefan, who was born with the genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system, died two months later.

Steven Booysen, from the Cape Town Angling Club, said the challenge had been such a “hit” the club had made it an annual event to celebrate Stefan’s life and positive spirit .

Fairmont High School pupil Oliver Murphy, this year’s beneficiary, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth and has been on treatment ever since.

The 14-year-old is on the school’s squash team and a member of the Durbanville Scouts. He loves hiking and camping.

In 2014, the club raised R14000 for Stefan, who was from Brackenfell; in 2015 it raised R17000 for Andries van der Merwe, from Ceres, and last year it raised R22000 for Damian Wolf, from Fish Hoek.

The competition is at Paarl Dam on Women’s Day, Wednesday August 9. Registration is from 6am and the fishing is from 7am to 2pm.

Mr Booysen said anglers came to the dam in outrageous costumes and with crazy fishing tackle for the fun competition. Entry is by donation, and all proceeds will help Oliver.

Visit www.facebook.com/themiggiechallenge or contact Malcom King at 082 458 4939 or kingme@telkomsa.net for more information.