TEARS of joy were witnessed by shoppers and staff of Poobie Naidoo’s when Dambuza veteran road running athlete, Baba “Twoboy” Gcabashe (70), received a pair of running shoes from the store.
Gcabashe started training for the annual Mandela Marathon six months ago, but almost lost interest when he discovered his two-year- old running shoes were worn out and impossible to use.
“I am a pensioner, but I like to keep fit by taking part in road running. I train almost everyday. But with my small pension money I find it difficult to buy shoes and pay registration fees to enter road running events.
“I am glad to tell you that Poobie Naidoo of Poobie Naidoo’s Sports Warehouse offered me a pair of shoes and I can also confirm I will at the starting line of the road race I dearly love … the Mandela Marathon.
“Elderly people want to take part in sport, but we can’t afford it. May the Almighty God bless Mr Poobie Naidoo and his business,”said Gcabashe.
Donations of old shoes, shorts and tracksuits for Gcabashe can be sent to Jerry Barnes.
Contact him at 083 521 9553.
THE Mandela Day Marathon is on Sunday starting from Manaye Hall, Imbali, Pietermaritzburg to the Nelson Mandela Capture site in Howick.
The following road closures will be implemented:
• 42,2 km Marathon — Imbali, Pietermaritzburg to Hilton
FJ Sithole 4am to 8am, FJ Sithole to Moses Mabhida 6.45am to 8am, Moses Mabhida through Ashdown 7.05am to 8.20am, Ashdown to Caluza Road 7.15am to 8.50am, Caluza Road to Morcom Road 7.15am to 9.25am, Caluza Road to Sweetwaters 7.40am to 9.45am, Sweetwaters to Denis Shepstone 7.45am to 9.40am, Denis Shepstone Drive to Hillary Road 7.45am to 11am.
• Hilton to Nelson Mandela Capture Site
Hillary Road 3am to 7am, Hillary Road 8am to 11am, Old Main Road to Cedara Road 6.45am to 11.15am, N3 Bridge to Merrivale 7am to 12.15pm, Merrivale to N3 Subway (Boston) 7am to 12.15pm,
N3 Subway to Howick Stadium 6.30am to 12.15pm,
• Howick Stadium to N3 Midmar 6.30am to 12.30pm
• N3 Midmar to Capture Site 6.15am to 1.30pm
All roads will be reopened by 1.30pm.