Monica Childs, close friend
On 14 June 2017 we said a very sad farewell to an exceptional man. The outpouring of grief from thousands of people, all over the country, is testament to how much Richard Monisi inspired so many.
I met Richard over 10 years ago. He was working at Services For The Blind, the institution that packed goodie bags for the events I put on in Gauteng.
He was wearing a Comrades T-shirt, and he made a huge impression on me. I realised, right then, that I could make a positive contribution to his passion for running.
Not being a runner myself, I had no idea what a talented athlete he was. For me, the most outstanding thing about Richard was his absolute love of life. He was the happiest person that I have ever met.
People gravitated towards Richard. He was a humble, graceful, kind, giving, grateful, funny and clever man. A real class act!
His impact on the greater running community has been exceptional. He was a very easy person to love, and I loved him dearly.
Hamba kahle, my friend. You are now running free.