Helping out, as we do in SA

2018-03-13 06:01
Tersia Taskes is helping Bhekani Myeni achieve his Comrades dream by donating to him a pair of running shoes and clothes.PHOTO: supplied

Tersia Taskes is helping Bhekani Myeni achieve his Comrades dream by donating to him a pair of running shoes and clothes.PHOTO: supplied

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KWANYUSWA runner Bhekani Myeni always had a dream of running the Comrades Marathon. However, in 2003, three months before his first race, he was attacked during a robbery and left blind in one eye.

With perseverance and determination, Myeni continued with his training and made his debut as a Comrades runner.

“During the robbery I was injured and lost sight in my left eye but I didn’t let this deter me from my goal. I continued with my training and was able to finish in just over 10 hours,” he said.

Myeni said that this was difficult for him as it was a down run but he forced himself to reach the finish line.

Since then, Myeni has run nine Comrades and this year he is hoping to run his 10th race.

He said everything was going well until the company he worked for moved to another city and this forced him to resign as he couldn’t afford to move.

“In January, I was forced to resign which left me with a huge financial burden and I could not take care of my family.

“During my job search I met Tersia Taskes, which was like a ray of light in my life.”

Taskes said: “I met Myeni one Thursday morning in early January 2018 while on my morning walk. He asked me if I could offer him employment of any kind.

“We began chatting and he informed me that he would desperately love to run his 10th Comrades Marathon this year, but due to the fact that he is unemployed and in desperate need of new running shoes, he felt his dream was impossible.

“As good South Africans do, we make a plan, we stick together, and we help a brother out. I posted his story and plea for employment on my private Facebook page which received many likes and shares, and many offers from kind South African people offering assistance as only kind South Africans do.

“A very good friend by the name of Cheryl Kruger has given Myeni a Friday job in Cowies Hill assisting her with garden work.

“He is looking for further work to fill the other days of the week.

“This gentleman is a good runner. He told me his best time was seven hours and 30 minutes, and his worst was 10 hours and 30-something minutes,” said Taskes.

Taskes said that she is appealing to the community to help Myeni get his Comrades number.

“Any help that we are able to give Myeni would be greatly appreciated. Let’s help him achieve his goal,” said Taskes.

For more information or to help, contact 082 465 3223.

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