Runner silently kept promise

2015-10-15 06:00

Khayelitsha Athletics Club members were happy to receive running gear from Jarren Collets of Jozi who collected old but usable shoes from friends and family.

Khayelitsha Athletics Club members were happy to receive running gear from Jarren Collets of Jozi who collected old but usable shoes from friends and family.

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It was by chance that Jarren Collets learnt of the Khayelitsha Athletics Club (KAC), but the Jozi man has opened his heart to the team.

A runner himself, Collets had learnt about the plight of the club when he came down for the Cape Town Marathon last year.

“I was running with one of the club’s members and he mentioned how they were suffering in terms of equipment and I silently vowed to make a plan,” said Collets.

Once back in Jozi, he started collecting old but usable running shoes from family, friends, colleagues and fellow athletes.

“Running is regarded as one of the cheapest sports but some people cannot afford and those who can are extending their hand,” he said.

KAC deputy chairman Khaya Khuse said they were excited that Collets even thought of the club.

“We spoke sometime last year and I had completely forgotten(about the discussion) when he made contact this year, saying he would bring the shoes,” said Khuse.

Another club official Nelson Tshambo said: “We are extremley delighted because our junior runners will now have something decent to wear,””he said.

Tshambo said they were rebuilding the club with a focus on making it the biggest in the townships. If you want to help the club call Patience Nkohla on 0839467154.

. Meanwhile organisers of the Two Oceans Marathon have announced that they will hold a “Mini Marathon” (5.6km fun run and 2.1km run fun) in Khayelitsha on Saturday October 24.

Organiser Leonie Mollentze said this is a nice opportunity for families to come out and enjoy themselves .

“Bring your kids and let them start running at an early age,” said Leonie

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