Western Province Rugby will be raising funds for one of their ‘sons’ Tinus Linee, who has MND, at the DHL Stormers’ next home game – against the Reds – on Saturday, May 25.
Former WP centre Tinus Linee was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) in April and WP Rugby have been in contact with him throughout.
Now, it has been decided to use the DHL Stormers v Reds match at DHL Newlands as a vehicle to collect funds to assist Linee with his treatment and mounting medical bills.
WPRFU President Thelo Wakefield said: “Tinus is a true son of Western Province rugby and we will stand by him in his hour of need.
“But it’s not just about Tinus and helping him now – it’s about his wife and the future too. We are hoping to raise as much as possible on the day of the Reds match, but we also have a few other events planned in his honour (to help him and his wife).
“We would like to call upon all DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province fans to show their support for Tinus by coming to the game on the 25th and donating some money. We look forward to a great day’s rugby at DHL Newlands – as well as a great opportunity to help one of WP’s most loyal sons.”
Linee, 43, played 112 matches at centre for Western Province between 1992 and 2001 and will be remembered as a loyal WP player with a no-nonsense approach to defence as displayed by his bone-crunching tackles.
He made his Springbok debut in 1993 – at the age of 23 – and went on to play nine tour matches for his country in Australia, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
More details of the actual happenings at DHL Newlands on May 25 – as part of the Tinus Linee day – will be made available to the public ahead in the next two weeks, but there will be collection points throughout the ground in order.
For now, however, if you wish to make a financial contribution towards Tinus Linee before May 25, you can make a deposit to the WP Rugby President’s Trust, using ‘Tinus Linee’ as the reference.
The bank details are as follows:
Account name: The Western Province Rugby Union President’s Trust
A/C no.: 62376831080
Clearing code: 200-109
Bank and branch: First National Bank, Claremont
* Show your support for Tinus Linee on Twitter, tweet using the hashtag ‘#TINUS’!