Excitement ahead of Edendale Race

2016-11-16 06:02

THIS weekend’s Greater Edendale Race - 10km and five kilometre - will not only celebrate its 10th birthday on 13 November, but will also have a celebrity touch to it.

The new Msunduzi Municipal Mayor Themba Njilo, local businessman and former regular Comrades Marathon athlete, Poobie Naidoo of Poobie Naidoo’s Sports and I, will also take part in the race.

I invited and challenged Njilo and Naidoo to participate, who said their aim will be to raise awareness about their ongoing campaign of collecting old sports equipment, shoes, soccer boots or clothing so that they can be donated to needy schools around Edendale.

I thought this is the perfect platform to join hands and raise awareness during the Greater Edendale Race.

Edendale is also very close to my heart because I was born and grew up there.

The first time I officially played for a soccer team and took part in the track events was at Wadley Stadium.

Many years ago the Greater Edendale area was a multiracial and multi-cultured area. It was just like a rainbow nation with many race groups living in harmony.

People are encouraged to bring old running shoes, sports clothes or equipment and there will be a deposit box at the start and finish of the race.

Naidoo started collecting old sports equipment, shoes and sports clothes for underprivileged schools a long time ago. The deposit box is at the entrance of the shop.

“We always encourage our customers­ and communities to donate old sports stuff that they don’t need instead of throwing them away,” said Naidoo.

Njilo is very passionate about helping needy communities.

“I am looking forward to the event. I have to get fit so that I can enjoy and have fun in the race,” said Njilo.

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