Spin­ners’ bat­tle for wor­thy cause

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

EX­CEL Garage in Masianokeng will on Satur­day host pop­u­lar “Gusheshe” spin and drift mo­tor­sport.

The show will see lo­cal drifters Slip Diff As­so­ci­a­tion and Moifo tak­ing on Gen­eral from Botswana while South Africa will be rep­re­sented by Ed­die Rasta, Gush­line, Xhariep Spin­ners and Team Ficks­burg. Mean­while, DJ Boots is set en­ter­tain the crowd be­hind the decks.

The dare­devil mo­tor­sport orig­i­nated in South Africa’s town­ships in the early 1990s with the most pop­u­lar cars from the 1991 BMW 3-se­ries model range.

The BMW 3-se­ries cars have since been named Gusheshe for the sound their en­gines make when they are revved.

Although the mo­tor­sport was syn­ony­mous with car theft and town­ship gang­ster­ism dur­ing the 90’s, it has since gained main­stream ap­peal with peo­ple from all walks of life par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Or­ga­nized by the Slip Diff As­so­ci­a­tion, the event is also meant to raise funds for Le­qele Pri­mary in Maseru and St Leonard Pri­mary Schools in Se­monkong.

Ac­cord­ing to the Slip Diff As­so­ci­a­tion spokesper­son, Tšoeu Lekopa, their in­ten­sion is to as­sist chil­dren that don’t usu­ally get as­sis­tance from well-wish­ers.

“We re­alised that there are chil­dren who live with their fam­i­lies but eke out a tough ex­is­tence be­cause lit­tle as­sis­tance comes their way,” he said.

“We de­cided against do­nat­ing to or­phan­ages be­cause most of them re­ceive as­sis­tance from in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions un­like the vul­ner­a­ble kids in the vil­lages. So we de­cided to visit the two schools to iden­tify needy chil­dren with the as­sis­tance of their teach­ers.”

Tšoeu said they were com­pelled to come to the needy chil­dren’s aid af­ter see­ing so many walk­ing the streets wear­ing tat­tered clothes.

“It is so sad to see a child shiv­er­ing on his or her way to school be­cause of lack of warm clothes or wear­ing shoes that are ex­posed at the toes while we are driv­ing in our warm cars. We did not de­cide to as­sist be­cause we have more than enough, but it is good to share the lit­tle we have be­cause it would mean the world to them,” he said.

Tšoeu ap­pealed to well-wish­ers to join them in help­ing the chil­dren.

“In­di­vid­u­als or cor­po­rates that want to join us in help­ing those kids are more than wel­come. We don’t want mon­e­tary do­na­tions, but the as­sis­tance should be in kind. Well­wish­ers can bring gro­ceries, clothes and shoes among other good­ies for the kids,” he said.

“We in­tend to hold this event twice ev­ery year in win­ter and sum­mer since those sea­sons pose dif­fer­ent chal­lenges.”

SPIN­NERS and drifters will burn tires to raise funds for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

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