FCAC gives pupils hope

Fat Cats Athletics Club donated uniforms to 30 needy pupils.

One of Mzansi’s fastest growing running clubs, Fat Cats Athletics Club (FCAC), showed a caring heart when they donated school uniforms to 30 needy children at Yomelela Primary School in Site B a day before the 50th edition of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon.

The club also donated a Jojo tank to the school courtesy of Rayco Tank, and Albany provided bread, both sourced by club members Raymond Yosimbom and Percy Masemene respectively.

Formed in 2014, FCAC registered with Central Gauteng Athletics Association but its popularity has seen it opening branches in other provinces.

“We are a virtual club with runners from all over the country, creating a home for running enthusiasts, irrespective of their location,’’ said FCAC chairperson, Refiloe Rakwena.

FCAC corporate social investment head, Namhla Motsukunyane, said they encourage their team members to “give to those in need” and be on the lookout for opportunities where they can add value in society.

“It’s not only about chasing the air and getting those medals but making sure that we help communities and the nation at large in various ways, be it by promoting all forms of sport and more importantly education of the youth,” said Ms Motsukunyane.

A delighted principal Sibongiseni Dlaku thanked the club for choosing his school.

“This is a quintile four school meaning that parents are in
dire need and what the club
has done will help immensely,” he said.

School governing body chairperson, Sibongiseni Dlaku, also hailed RedSkippa or Amakati Anonile as the club is affectionately known for their timely intervention.

“We are approaching winter now and these uniforms will keep the children warm and with the province facing a drought the Jojo tank comes as a blessing in disguise,” he said.

A former pupil at the school, Chuma Kahlela and now a member of the club, said she was thrilled to come here and give back.

“I did my formative years here and I know what coming to school without shoes means. I thank my club mates for choosing my school,” she said.

She said the team would set up a base at the school to cater for their Cape Town based runners and hopefully will recruit more athletes to further bolster their growing numbers.