Letaba Bass­mas­ters Care

SA Bass - - Readers Go Bassing - >> Wayne Kurten*

Be­fore we start, we would like to of­fer Dar­ius, Ilona, Imke and her twin sis­ters Anebella and Zielkie our best wishes in this dif­fi­cult time and we be­lieve Imke is re­spond­ing well to the treat­ment. All the best and we hope, trust and pray that she has a full re­cov­ery.

Af­ter hav­ing heard about the story of lit­tle Imke via so­cial me­dia and then hav­ing heard the story on Jacaranda FM the Letaba Bass­mas­ters Com­mit­tee de­cided to ap­proach the mem­bers so that we too could as­sist in some form or another.

At our May monthly meet­ing we put a chal­lenge out to our mem­bers and asked them to do­nate R1OO.OO each and the club would give R5000.00 from our bank ac­count. It was our aim to raise R7, 300.00... It was soon ap­par­ent that we would top the R10, 000.00 mark, this en­er­gized us and we ap­proached the North­ern Di­vi­sion of the South African Bass Angling As­so­ci­a­tion ( SABAA). The North­ern Di­vi­sion would be hold­ing a Divi­sional Tour­na­ment on the Tza­neen Dam in the com­ing weeks and this would mean around 40 to 50 par­tic­i­pants for two days.

Mike Steyn from the North­ern Di­vi­sion sent out a mail to all par­tic­i­pants and made them aware of our fundrais­ing ef­fort and asked them to please par­tic­i­pate and sup­port our drive, the North­ern Di­vi­sion im­me­di­ately paid R2, 000.00 to­wards this.

Our busi­ness part­ners in this fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive were:

We struck a deal with Cordi Botha at the Sa­sol Garage on the R71 op­po­site Life­style Cen­tre, and they agreed to give us a kick­back for every litre of fuel pumped into the ve­hi­cles and boats of com­peti­tors.

Paul du Toit from Lan­nie Mo­tors who in­ci­den­tally is one of the orig­i­nal found­ing mem­bers of the Letaba Bass­mas­ters Chap­ter, which was founded more than 30 years ago, con­trib­uted to­wards the cause.

Muis Jou­bert of PPS Diesel De­pot gave us a ham­per of boat oils and lubri­cants to auc­tion off at the tour­na­ment.

Lané Kruger from HO­TEL@ TZA­NEEN gave us ac­com­mo­da­tion vouch­ers and meal vouch­ers for Craw­daddy’s Res­tau­rant, to auc­tion off as well.

Calla Kruger of Oceana Plant Hire spon­sored the use of a back-ac­tor to clean up the slip­way at Jetty #3 plus sev­eral bot­tles of very good wine to auc­tion off.

Blue Dot Group of­fered to print the cheque for us at no charge.

A spe­cial thank you to you all; you helped make this pos­si­ble.

At the cap­tains meet­ing on the Fri­day evening we auc­tioned off the vouch­ers, wine and lubri­cants. This raised a con­sid­er­able amount of funds. Then a twelve year old girl went up to Dave Matthy­sen and said she wanted to give R200.00 of her own pocket money to­wards the ef­fort. Dave an­nounced this and asked her to carry a hat around the room – this raised in ex­cess of R4, 000.00

A big thank you to all the mem­bers of Letaba Bass­mas­ters that par­tic­i­pated, but a very spe­cial word of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the fol­low­ing mem­bers who con­trib­uted much to make this ini­tia­tive the suc­cess story it be­came: Manuel Martins, Dave Matthy­sen, Werner van Rensburg and Van­melle Nel.

As Chair­man of Letaba Bass­mas­ters I’m proud to be associated with all the above con­trib­u­tors, be they in­di­vid­u­als or com­pa­nies. Col­lec­tively you have made it pos­si­ble for Letaba Bass­mas­ter Club to hand over a cheque to the Imke Gelden­huys Trust Fund for R26,120.00

Thank you Fairview Lodge for ac­com­mo­dat­ing us at such short no­tice to hand over the cheque.

*Wayne Kurten is the cur­rent Chair­man of Letaba Bass­mas­ters

Mem­bers of Letaba Bass­mas­ters Com­mit­tee handed over a cheque to the Gelden­huys fam­ily

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