Huge support for Joost van der Westhuizen


They came from far and wide and as rugby dinners go, the benefit, held earlier this month for ailing rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen was in a league of its own. The dinner was attended by former World Cup winners, business luminaries and supporters. A staggering R1 057 000 for Van der Westhuizen’s foundation, which supports sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) was raised.

The former Springbok scrumhalf suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a form of MND, which is incurable.
“We never hesitated when we got the call,” explains George Gregan, the world’s most capped rugby international and Wallaby foe of Van der Westhuizen on the rugby field. Gregan lent his support to his great rival at the function hosted by the SA Rugby Legends’ Association.

The night was filled with tears, fun and laughter with the best moments provided by Van der Westhuizen himself who bravely spoke before 1 200 guests, among them sports minister Fikile Mbalula.
International players, Justin Marshall, who once described Van der Westhuizen as the best number 9 in the world, and Gary Teichman, former Springbok captain and eighthman, attended the dinner.