Lwandle runner gets new shoes

2019-08-01 06:01
Bahle Mtshawu (12), his mother Nosipho and his sister Nonelwa (24). The running shoes he is wearing and the tights were bought by men from Khayelitsha after seeing the post on Facebook.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

Bahle Mtshawu (12), his mother Nosipho and his sister Nonelwa (24). The running shoes he is wearing and the tights were bought by men from Khayelitsha after seeing the post on Facebook.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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Bahle Mtshawu (12) has taken to sport as a way of distancing himself from drugs and many social ills taking place in front of him.

The Grade 7 learner from Christmas Tinto Primary School is a runner and has also been involved in playing soccer.

Recently, Bahle from Lwandle came to the spotlight after his older sister, Nonelwa Mtshawu (24) posted his picture on Facebook while running barefoot.

This drew a lot of attention to the youngster and some good samaritans have even answered Bahle’s sister to have his brother receive proper shoes to run.

“I know my younger brother loves sport so much, as sometimes he used to catch a train so he can train with other children. We learnt about this later on, but we always wondered why he would want money to go and play soccer,” said the soft-spoken sister, Nonelwa.

“As the result of not having the money for the fees of his local soccer team he left and joined a running club.

“As a family we want to give him all the support he needs, so that he does not blame anyone for what he has or doesn’t have,” said Nonelwa.

The seemingly shy Bahle says he wants to be an actor when he grows up, but he also wants to compete in running.

“I love running because it keeps me away from drugs and gangsterism that is in our township,” he said.

His mother, Nosipho Mtshawu (46) told City Vision she was proud of her son.

“He has always been a sport person since he was young. He was more involved in soccer than running, but he stopped because we could not keep up,” she said.

“I am happy with him running as it also pushes him away from the other negatives that occur around him.

“He is also a good student at school and that ensures that he is an all rounder,” she said.

His sister says one day she wants to see Bahle compete in the Comrades Marathon and be proud to see him on television.

Anyone who is interested in helping Bahle with any running gear, can contact City Vision on 021 853 0211.

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