Over R2-million has reportedly been raised for former Chiefs and Bafana keeper Emile Baron, who has fallen on hard times.
Emile Baron – who played in several games for the likes of Bafana Bafana, Chiefs and SuperSport United – retired in 2013 following a career-ending tackle.
Baron was compensated R400 000 from the PSL’s insurance, but according to him, that fell way short of what he was supposed to receive, and back in 2019 he was said to be exploring the legal route if Bidvest Wits failed to contribute financially following the career-ending injury.
In the years since then, Baron is said to have fallen on hard times where he has been living in poverty and relying on handouts to support his family.
Back in his playing days, the talented keeper featured in over 100 games for Norway club Lillestrom, and became one of the team’s fan favourites.
It’s now reported that stories about Baron’s struggles caught the attention of the official supporters’ group of the club, as well as other fans and followers, who have launched a fundraising drive amounting to 1.1 million Kroner (R1.9m).
As reported by TimesLive, Baron and Lillestrøm communications head Morten Stokstad has stated that “4,961 individuals” contributed and that nearly R2m was raised by early April.
The article further states that after an eviction from a single-bedroom house, funds have apparently been sent to Baron and his family to help them find other accommodation.
“I am aware they are raising money for me and I want to thank them for what they are doing. But I am now talking to the organisers to see how I will get the money,” Baron was quoted as saying.
Baron previously shared his story with another publication, explaining how he was trying to find ways to support his wife Sheri and their two sons
“I have had to swallow my pride, for the sake of the family. I have to ask people for money. I am lucky to still have my wife here. Because normally, when things like that happen, they find someone else to be with.”