Mirwaan Davids, a well-respected and experienced rugby player in the Western Province club rugby space, was recently diagnosed with stage-5 kidney failure.
Affectionately known as Warnie, he has been coaching for nearly 10 years, six of them as a senior club rugby coach. He coached at Strand RFC and, more recently, at his beloved St George’s RFC where he played most of his club rugby.
It was at the Lulu Boys that Warnie served as an inspirational first captain for the greater part of his playing days. Playing in his signature number 20 jersey, “MD20” was seen as a true inspiration, not only to his peers but to coaches, administrators and supporters alike.
Davids and his life partner, Michelle Josephs, have three children, Mikayla (14), Miquel (9) and Maison (2), and have been together for the past 18 years. She is the daughter of St George’s legendary backline player Martin “Porter” Josephs.
“I am very grateful for the manner in which my club and St George’s have banded together to help me,” Davids told DistrictMail. “To see how other competing clubs donate, not only their finances, but also their efforts to help my family raise the funds needed to cover my medical bills, is very heart-warming.”
Since his diagnosis, there has been no shortage of support for Davids and his family, many of whom have donated towards the Back-a-Buddy campaign that got underway on Monday (9 November). The running medical costs for Davids’ treatment have been ballparked around R500 000, but this figure, according to Davids, could increase or not be as high, as he is still in the early stages of his treatment and testing.
“The doctors and professors working on my case have been of amazing and of tremendous help,” he said. “I have been overwhelmed by the level of support that the entire club rugby community has given not only me, but my entire family as well. The doctors are running tests over the next month and will know for sure what permanent changes, if any, need to be made on my side to adjust and adapt.”
Davids is known for his tenacity between the four lines of the rugby field, and it is this bone-crunching, hard-hitting mentality that has helped him adapt to the new way of life.
Megan Rose, a fellow Lulu Boy and life-long friend of Davids, expressed his gratitude towards the community of Strand and the broader Helderberg region. Clubs from all across the Western Province club rugby structures have donated towards Davids’ medical bills.
“Seeing people give so selflessly is amazing, knowing that one won’t be getting anything in return is something we often only hear about,” Rose said. “But experiencing the selfless nature of not only sports people, but the broader community, makes us happy.”
Rose and a few of Davids’ close friends have come together and organised a few events to help Josephs and Davids raise enough funds to not only to cover the medical bills, but also the daily living expenses and monthly financial commitments.
A golf day is set to take place at the end of this month, on Sunday 29 November, at Fairview Golf Course in Gordon’s Bay. Henry Cloete (082 677 6679) or Fabian Filander (072 335 4399) can be contacted should more information about the golf day be required.
V Also go to the Back-a-Buddy page at www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/mirwaan-davids to donate.
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