The Wietzke Smith Support Fund will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the Longest Action Cricket Match ever played. This match will be played by 124 players and needs to be played for 36 hours non-stop.
Smith matriculated from Sand du Plessis High School and performed great in rugby. He went on to complete his Honours degree in Human Movement Science and the University of the Free State and served as a Residence Committee (RC) member for Veritas Hostel. He joined the Shimlas for quite a few games as well. After studying, he went to work for a medical company.
The Wietzke Smith Support Fund was created after Smith had suffered a massive stroke resulting from a blood clot that became stuck in his brain stem. This left him completely paralysed. He was soon afterwards diagnosed with locked-in syndrome and has difficulty communicating. The road to recovery for him and his wife, Louise, is a long and costly one.
The medical bills keep adding up and the planning that has to go into balancing finances and providing 24-hour carers are some of the things that have become a part of Louise’s daily routine. It is a constant battle with ventilators, feeding tubes, infections, therapists, etc.
In order to raise funds, it was decided to come up with a big event to help and support the Wietzke Smith Fund.
The cricket match is set to take place on 24 November at 15:00 at the Bloemfontein Action Cricket Arena at the Showgrounds.
As an individual you can get involved by making a donation, participating, or entering a team.
For more information contact Johan Naudé at 082-466-0876.