Leap-year babies run in the family

2018-02-28 06:01
Kershnee and Pat Thambu are all smiles in anticipation of their joint birthday, which they will celebrate from February 28 to March 1 this year.PHOTO:Byrone athman

Kershnee and Pat Thambu are all smiles in anticipation of their joint birthday, which they will celebrate from February 28 to March 1 this year.PHOTO:Byrone athman

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AFRICAN National Congress (ANC) veteran Pat Thambu of Raisethorpe will be celebrating his 90th birthday twice this month with his granddaughter Kershnee Thambu of Chase Valley, who were both born on February 29.

Thambu, a remarkable man and great-grandfather who served as the only Indian man from Pietermaritzburg to sign the Freedom Charter in 1955, said that he is happy to live to see his 90th birthday and is thankful for all that he has lived through in his 90 years.

“I am happy to be in a healthy state and look forward to reaching my next milestone, which is 100,” said Thambu, who credits his long life to the strength and care that his family gives to him at all times.

When asked which day they normally choose to celebrate their birthdays on when it is not a leap year, they both replied that they celebrate twice, on February 28 and March 1.

Kershnee, a laboratory animal technologist, said that she feels privileged to share a birthday with her grandfather which is special enough without even considering the fact that they were both born on leap years in 1928 and 1976 respectively. “It’s very rare for two people to celebrate their birthday on the same day in the same family and on February 29, of all days,” said Kershnee, who added that she will be spending her birthday taking her son out for supper. Thambu said that he plans on spending his birthday having a few drinks with his three sons, saying that his drink of choice for the occasion will be Johnnie Walker Red label. The family confirmed that they plan a get-together at the weekend to celebrate the lives of these two wonderful people.

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