Store donates sports items to schools

2016-11-23 06:01
Front, from left: Gavin Naidoo and Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo. Background, from left: Gerald Jackson (Rise and Shine Junior Soccer League); Thokozile Zuma (Lutho Primary School); Pat Naidoo, Soka Dlamini (Zwartkop Primary School); Mabhuti Khenyeza and Philani Ndlovu (Tetelegu Primary School). PHOTO: ian carbutt

Front, from left: Gavin Naidoo and Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo. Background, from left: Gerald Jackson (Rise and Shine Junior Soccer League); Thokozile Zuma (Lutho Primary School); Pat Naidoo, Soka Dlamini (Zwartkop Primary School); Mabhuti Khenyeza and Philani Ndlovu (Tetelegu Primary School). PHOTO: ian carbutt

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YOUNG sporting enthusiasts at five underprivileged Pietermaritzburg schools will be overjoyed to receive the shoes and equipment that were donated by Poobie Naidoo’s Sports Warehouse.

The proudly Pietermaritzburg business accumulated more than 500 used and new running shoes and boots from the community, as well as various other sporting equipment like hockey sticks and cricket bats, which were handed over to representatives of the five schools.

Store owner Poobie Naidoo said they have been making similar donations to the underprivileged at every quarter for the past five years.

“We try to collect as much sport equipment and shoes every three months and we identify a school or facility that is in desperate need. The donations come from members of the community, sponsors, suppliers and customers,” Naidoo said.

“I am happy with this turnout. There is a huge need for sporting equipment and many people do not use their own.”

Naidoo said his store has donation boxes for anybody interested in donating used or new equipment. There are also boxes at official store events.

Speaking at the handover, Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo said the city is grateful to the business.

“We need businesses like this who care about the disadvantaged. This is the only way to form a united Pietermaritzburg community,” Njilo­ said.

The schools and facilities who received donations yesterday were the Rise and Shine Junior Soccer League, Lutho Primary School, Zwartkop Primary School, Tetelegu Primary School and the Malala Primary School. - Reporter.

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