Gutsy Cow out to make a statement at Amashova
Pietermaritzburg - In amongst the thousands of cyclists enjoying the Tsogo
Sun Amashova Durban Classic on Sunday will be a gutsy Pietermaritzburg
father out to make a statement about the ongoing battle against cancer.
Dan Wersig lost his wife Jodi to breast cancer in July this year, aged 33,
leaving two young children to ponder the sudden loss of their mother.
While still battling to come to terms with the loss, Dan Wersig has decided
to channel his grief into raising money for CHOC as one of the race's
official charities to help ease the plight of young children battling
"What this has taught me and what Jodi has given me since she left us is
that life is too short to sweat the small stuff," said Dan.
"Do not take anything or anyone for granted. Live each day as though it is
your last. Tell people you love them. Be very grateful for what you have and
do things that make you happy, and stop doing the things that don't," he
"With all of this in mind, and having been through what I have I could never
imagine what it must be like for a child, or the parents of that child to
have to go through something like this," he added.
"This is where I started 'Journey for Jodes' - a drive to create awareness
and raise funds for CHOC and the amazing work that they do for these little
soldiers and their families," he said.
Wersig has set a goal of raising R50 000 for CHOC at this year’s Tsogo Sun
Amashova, and has a group of ten friends who will be riding the 65km race
from Cato Ridge in furry Cow suits to support him.
He openly admits that he is short of training but is eager to take on the
challenge to push his 'Journey For Jodes' cause.
In a roller coaster fifteen months the Wersig family moved to Durban to set
up life as a young family when Jodi was diagnosed with triple negative
She underwent two surgeries followed by five months of chemotherapy and
another four months of radiation. After initially getting the all clear, in
subsequent tests she later learnt that the cancer had metastasized and had
spread into her bones and were scattered all over her body.
"We were told she had between twelve and twenty four months to live," said
Wersig. "We then decided to move back to Maritzburg to be closer to our
friends and family, as we both grew up here.
"She knew she had to fight for me and our two kids," he added. "The type of
cancer Jodi had was one of the most aggressive and four months later on the
27 July, after a seventeen month fight, she passed away.
"This completely shattered our world and every dream we had for our family
was taken away," he explained. "I could never explain to anyone what this
feels like or what it has done to me as, only if you have been through this
would you ever understand."
Anyone keen to support him can make a donation through
More information about The Cows can be found at
About The Cows
The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists
keen to make a difference and raise funds for the CHOC Childhood Cancer
Foundation of South Africa. Cordi van Niekerk was
one of the founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the
947 Cycle Challenge in memory of their daughter, Jessica, who had
recently died from cancer at just 20 months old.
As CHOC had played a
significant role in the Bain family's life in the last few weeks of
Jessica’s life, specifically with palliative care and emotional support, the
decision was to make CHOC the beneficiary of their quest. They decided to
don cow suits and succeeded in raising R230 000.
In 2009, the herd gained momentum and grew to 140 energetic
cows. Just two years later the herd numbered a staggering 350 cows all
riding for a purpose. Armed with the ‘Love Living Life’ slogan and a healthy
dose of enthusiasm, the herd has enjoyed much success and acclaim.
Ten later, hundreds of people have participated in events wearing
cow suits. The Cows have just broken through the R30 million mark of funds
raised for specific projects implemented by CHOC and The Cows brand is
prominent in many sporting events in South Africa. With these funds, CHOC is
able to make a difference to the children being treated for cancer
throughout South Africa.
One herd; one quest: to make a difference to children with cancer. Love
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Part of the group zany cyclists
who will be riding the Tsogo Sun Amashova on Sunday to try and raise R50 000
for CHOC as part of the 'Journey For Jodes' in memory of Judy Wersig are
(from left) Joao de Jesus, Ronald Wichman, Brooklyn and Grayson Wersig, Dan
Wersig and Brett Precious.
Part of the zany group of
cyclists who will be riding the Tsogo Sun Amashova on Sunday to try and
raise R50 000 for CHOC as part of the 'Journey For Jodes' in memory of Judy
Wersig are (from left) Joao de Jesus, Ronald Wichman, Dan Wersig and Brett
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