Early Christ­mas for Setib­ing

Sunday Express - - SPORT - Moorosi Tsiane

CHRIST­MAS came early for the Setib­ing com­mu­nity af­ter the Le­sotho Off-Road As­so­ci­a­tion (LORA) gave out 65 blan­kets to or­phans and less priv­i­leged chil­dren on Fri­day.

LORA pres­i­dent Tu­batsi Kuoe said this was part of their char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties that they hold an­nu­ally in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties that they work with for the Roof of Africa race.

The Roof of Africa is held at the end of ev­ery year. The race cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary last year.

He said the char­ity events are also part of their grat­i­tude to the com­mu­ni­ties.

“This an­nual ac­tiv­ity is part of our cor­po­rate so­cial ini­tia­tives where we thank the com­mu­ni­ties for their co­op­er­a­tion in the Roof of Africa race,” Kuoe said.

“The money comes from the rid­ers as we usu­ally ask them to con­trib­ute at least M100 each.”

Among the goods that they de­liv­ered were blan­ket which Kuoe said was in line with the ex­tremely cold con­di­tions that are pre­vail­ing in the coun­try.

He also took the op­por­tu­nity to plead with the com­mu­ni­ties to teach their chil­dren to de­sist from pelt­ing the rid­ers with stones and beg­ging for money from tourists.

“It is all our re­spon­si­bil­ity to take care of the tour­ing rid­ers so par­ents must teach their chil­dren to stop throw­ing at the rid­ers and ask­ing for money from them.

“Let us raise a happy gen­er­a­tion since we want them to un­der­stand that sport can also im­prove their lives.”

Setib­ing Ha Sempe chief, Malesa Theko, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to LORA for the gifts and said the ges­ture meant a lot to the vil­lagers as they now know that they are re­mem­bered even when the race is not on-go­ing.

“We are thank­ful to LORA be­cause the ges­ture shows that they ap­pre­ci­ate the peo­ple of Setib­ing,” Chief Theko said.

She said they had se­lected the ben­e­fi­cia­ries from five vil­lages.

The schol­ar­ship’s ob­jec­tive is to as­sist the se­lected and pro­posed elite ath­letes by their NOCs in their prepa­ra­tion and qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the XXXII Olympiad, in Tokyo 2020.

Mokhotho who reached the quar­ter­fi­nals at the Com­mon­wealth Games said he will use the Thai­land com­pe­ti­tion as his scale.

“This is my first com­pe­ti­tion af­ter the Com­mon­wealth Games and I will use it to weigh my per­for­mance on whether or not I have im­proved,” Mokhotho said.

“My trip is catered for by the NOC as part of my 2020 Olympics Schol­ar­ship from the OS.”

Moroke said he rested for only two weeks af­ter the Com­mon­wealth Games and has been work­ing hard with his coach Sibu­siso Keketsi. The 27-year-old said he hopes to at least make it into the fi­nal of the tour­na­ment.

“I only rested for two weeks and from there it has been back to se­ri­ous busi­ness with my coach,” he said.

“I do know the na­tion­al­i­ties of the box­ers in the com­pe­ti­tion but what I know is that it is not easy com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally and I am ex­pect­ing tough com­pe­ti­tion. The tar­get is to at least make it to the fi­nal. If I am in the fi­nal, any­thing can hap­pen but I will be happy,” Mokhotho said.

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