Buddycare Fishing Day: Making a Difference by
Article by LS Zulu
Photos by WO 2 Moraile
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of a caring society is reaffirmed and strengthened when
we recognise that physically challenged people enjoy the
same rights as everyone in society. As society we have a
responsibility towards their quality of life. Buddycare,
a voluntary organisation that looks after
wheelchair-bound and disabled people, held its 4th
annual fishing event at Naval Station Durban on 30 June
All the members involved in Buddycare Fishing Day
unforgettable experiences of previous events the fishing
competition has grown from strength to strength since
its meagre beginnings of just 100 participants to a
turnout of over 400 people this year. The fishing
competition is only open to disabled participants with a
maximum of two rods being allowed, and each disabled
angler is allowed two helpers.
competition rules clearly spelled out prior to the start
of the fishing event, Durban weather as always did not
disappoint, with the winter sunshine creating conducive
conditions for a perfect fishing day. Family and friends
ensured the day was hub of festive activities. But the
day’s success would not be realised without selfless and
caring support from all the sponsors with over ten
sponsors contributing to the day’s success.
participants Darrel Naicker from Phoenix had this to say
about his experience “I’m glad to be part of such a
unique event, its refreshing experience to spend a
fulfilling day with family”.
the chairman of Buddycare KZN had this to express on the
event “The support the Navy gives us every year
really ensures the success of the day, the easy
accessibility of your pier helps to the enjoyment of all
participants and through our Navy this event can grow
from strength to strength”.
Staff Officer Public Relations, Cdr P. Tshabalala,
representing the Chief Navy had this say on the Navy’s
behalf “We all need a buddy at some stage of our lives. The collaboration between the SA Navy and Buddycare is reflection of the spirit of Ubuntu that
exists among sailors in the SA Navy”.
event was concluded by a prize giving and
acknowledgement of the day’s contributors.