Comrades star inspires pupils

2018-02-07 06:01

PUPILS at Aldinville Senior Primary School in Groutville were inspired and motivated when they were paid a visit by Comrades Marathon double-gold medalist, trail runner and multi-award winner Prodigal Khumalo on Thursday, January 18 as part of the MRP Foundation’s schools programme.

Khumalo, who was born in Zimbabwe addressed pupils in isiZulu and emphasised the importance of discipline, work and practice in all aspects of life.

“You must know what you want to achieve in life and focus on getting it. Do whatever you have to do, and give it your very best,” he advised. He highlighted that despite the many challenges and obstacles he faced, he overcame them in order achieve his many successes.

Khumalo, the brand ambassador for MRP Sport’s Maxed, is now based in Inanda, where he is involved in a sports development club for disadvantaged youth.

“Coming from an underprivileged community, it’s a really rewarding experience to be involved with children from a similar background, to give them hope so that they can believe in themselves. I would love to help them develop in sport, especially running.”

Aldinville Senior Primary School is one of five no-fee schools in the KwaDukuza Municipality, and has been a part of the MRP Foundation’s schools programme since 2010.

The MRP Foundation has successfully implemented a physical education (PE) curriculum, arts and technology programmes as well as educator and parent development programmes at the school.

Principal Thulani Khumalo said, “A healthy mind is important, but having a healthy mind inside a healthy body is even more important.”

He expressed his gratitude to MRP Foundation and Prodigal Khumalo for their roles in contributing towards learner development at his school.

Dylan Cherry, MRP Sport Marketing Manager said they teamed up with Khumalo and the MRP Foundation to inspire Grade 6 pupils at Aldinville Primary to share Khumalo’s extraordinary story of passion and commitment. “Khumalo is not only an accomplished athlete but he has also played a significant role in the development of the Maxed Marathon Racer shoe which helped him to win gold in the Comrades Marathon.”

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