Ailing former Bok to auction blazers

Tinus Linee was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in March and isn't been able to speak.

TACKLING LIFE: Former Western Province and Springbok centre Tinus Linee Springbok holds his blazers for one last time.

CAPE TOWN - Diana Linee, wife of former Western Province and Springbok centre Tinus Linee, says since her husband was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in March it has placed a massive financial burden on the family.

The former Bok centre, whose speech is no longer audible due to the disease, requires two physiotherapy sessions a week and medication which costs around R10,000 a month.

He also requires a motorised wheelchair costing R50,000.

Linee says Tinus is heartbroken that he has been forced to auction his Springbok and Western Cape blazers to cover his medical costs.

"It's a very emotional thing for Tinus to auction the Springbok blazer but we understand because he needs the money."

Linee says they are battling to cope.

"This disease does have a financial impact on us because we are dependent on my salary now and we must do everything from it. Sometimes one of the family members comes to help us and that makes a difference."

A benefit dinner in support of Linee is being hosted in October. Tickets are being sold at R1,000 each or R10,000 for a table.

Linee, 43, played 112 matches at centre for Western Province between 1992 and 2001.

He made his Springbok debut in 1993 at the age of 23 and went on to play nine tour matches in Australia, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

For a video report on Linee click here.