Sports outlet reaches out again

2015-04-30 06:00

LOCAL businessman Poobie Naidoo and founder of Poobie Naidoo’s Sports, continues to reach out to needy communities.

Having donated a punch bag to the battling Edendale-based boxing club recently, on Tuesday the sports outlet again opened its heart and donated running shoes to three needy individuals - Rodrick De-Bathe, Jarrod Cronjé and Christopher Whitaker.

De-Bathe and Cronjé volunteer at Harmony Retreat Rehabilitation Centre in Greytown.

De-Bathe concentrates on teaching and works mostly with school children, while Cronjé works as an addiction recovery coach.

Cronjé said he and De-Bathe work with addicts and community members suffering from social ills.

“As as a non-profit organisation, we sometimes experience funding problems and buying shoes for both of us is a mission. We teach, exercise, jog and walk a lot when doing classes.

“We are also passionate about athletics and take part in running events around the KZN Midlands,” said Cronjé.

Whitaker is a passionate runner who has been suffering with cancer for a long time, and who is unemployed. He started road running about five years ago after taking part in a local fun event with friends.

He will be running the Comrades Marathon for the first time this year and his dream is to run the Pietermaritzburg to Durban event 10 times.

“Receiving shoes from Poobie Naidoo Sports was a dream come true. I am unemployed and am really battling to buy a reasonable pair of running shoes. I am very grateful,” he said.

Naidoo said his business will always get involved or help needy communities where possible.

“As I said many years ago, our hearts are always open to community projects. Our motto says ‘we need you to keep us running’ and community projects need us to keep going,” said Naidoo

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