Mon­ica Childs, close friend

Runner's World South Africa - - Human Race -

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.

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