Sports equipment donated to gogos

2015-04-30 14:26
Khethiwe Mhlongo, KZN Department of Sport and Recreation sport promotion officer and Sister Cwengi Myeni, the Hact Granny Support group manager with some donated sports equipment.Photo: 

Khethiwe Mhlongo, KZN Department of Sport and Recreation sport promotion officer and Sister Cwengi Myeni, the Hact Granny Support group manager with some donated sports equipment.Photo: supplied

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TO promote health and fitness, the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation donated R109 000 worth of sports equipment to the Granny Support Groups project at the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact).

Since the Gogolympics on Friday 13 March, the number of granny groups has increased from 43 to 46 and is growing, and the donation will help with sports training for this yearand#039;s Golden Games in August and next yearand#039;s Gogolympics.

and#034;This is a great step forward as it was difficult for us as an NPO to purchase training equipment.

“This donation shows how committed the DSR is to our project, and gives the grannies encouragement as they see others showing an interest in what they do,and#034; said Sister Cwengi Myeni, the Granny Support Group manager.

The donated equipment ranged from trophies, whistles, hoola- hoops, netball posts, hockey sticks, netballs, soccer balls, training bibs, stop watches, skipping ropes, chess boards, whistles and more.

and#034;In the department we are running a programme called Active Seniors where we help people above the age of 60. We heard about Hactand#039;s Granny Support Groups and decided to partner with the organisation,and#034; said Khethiwe Mhlongo, the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation sport promotion officer.

and#034;I was at the Gogolympics last year and it is growing quickly, and clearly needed the support of the DSR.and#034;

The big amount of equipment was then divided into nine parcels which were distributed into the areas­ in which the Granny Support Groups are located.

Equipment was also stored at Hact for use in next yearand#039;s Gogolympics to take place on Friday 22 April, 2016.

and#034;The delivery of equipment shows Hactand#039;s commitment to the project as well as to the gogos involved in each of the groups.

“The community has been stirred up by the recent Gogolympics.

“I extend a big thank you to the KZN DSR for its generous donation,and#034; said Cwengi.

If you would like to volunteer to take part in a Golden Games training workshops with the KZN DSR, contact Khethiwe on 031 242 1748 or email khethiwe.mhlongo@

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