Gogo's two year quest to return equipment lost in rural KZN

2016-04-13 10:41

Durban – A piece of branding material worth thousands of rands, thought to have been lost after falling off a delivery bakkie in rural KwaZulu-Natal in 2014, was safeguarded for nearly two and a half years by a granny while she searched for the rightful owners.

It was Eugenia Conco’s overriding sense of duty that led her to keeping an inflatable arch, used for athletic events, which her son had found lying at the roadside.

The dusty R66 in Umzimkulu in rural KZN where Eugenia Conco’s son had found the fallen arch. (Photos supplied)

The arch, fully emblazoned with the Racefood logo, was finally returned last week.

The remarkable tale was born in the rural hamlet of Umzimkhulu near Ixopo, from where Conco told her story.

“It was a rainy day and there was road maintenance going on. My son came home with this huge banner that fell off the truck on the R66,” she said.

“He said I must just throw that thing away, but I decided to keep it even though I didn’t know what it was. On one sunny day, I called my son and we unwrapped it. I just couldn’t throw it away because I thought to myself that it could be useful to its owners."

Conco made repeated visits to the local municipality in a bid to find the owners of the arch. She went to the offices six times for help as she was unable to find a phone number for Racefood in South Africa.    

“I went to the library, and then the municipal offices and could only find overseas numbers for Racefood.”

Two years later...

Two years later Conco bought her grandson a laptop to use at university and dutifully asked him to try and trace the arch’s owner.

“Last week I bought my grandson a laptop and asked him to find Racefood numbers for me, which he did."

Representatives from Racefood travelled from Howick in the KZN Midlands to fetch their lost arch.

“Those people are too kind, too sweet and too wonderful."

Eugenia Conco.

“I have a team of old ladies that I train with and every morning I do a two-hour walk by myself. Kate and Rose [from Racefood] promised to help wherever they can and asked me to contact them regarding our training,” Conco added.

Kate Frost, of Racefood, said after searching for the arch for several days they had written off finding it, adding that when Conco called their offices, they had been more than surprised.

“We immediately set off on a road trip to Ixopo, armed with bundles of Racefood and a reward for this impressive gesture of goodwill," she said. "Using the directions Gogo [gave] us, we easily came upon her humble home and were ushered in as guests."

Racefood's Rose Clark with Eugenia Chonco

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