News - 6th March 2018

parkrunners of the week: The Kumalo Family

Kumalos with Siya

Name: The Kumalo Family: Sibusiso, Nozipho, Sakhise, Siphesihle, Siyamukelo (inset)

Home parkrun: Hartenbos

Trail or Road Running? Bring it on

Number of parkruns completed: 163 amongst the family

How has parkrun changed your running / fitness? Running away from the duvet Saturday mornings and have quality time as a family.

Favourite volunteer role: Marshal

Number of volunteering occasions: 72 occasions amongst the family

What do you like about volunteering at parkrun? The gratitude, appreciation and joy in the faces of parkrunners and acknowledgements from fellow volunteers lift our spirits. We take pride and experience fulfilment in having played our role in people achieving their personal goals as well as the event’s success.

Why should others volunteer at parkrun? The joyful appreciation and the amount of work required in organizing and staging. parkrun has pre-event, event, and post-event activities that volunteers may find their niche or share their expertise in such as communications, photography, logistics, storage, etc

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: When Sakhise learned a valuable lesson after conveniently forgetting her running shoes again she had to parkrun bare feet. And most recently, crossing the finish line as a family after Siphesihle became old enough to register, and him finishing his parkrun.

What fellow volunteers say about them: Sibusiso has been one of our most dedicated and regular volunteers over a number of years. We, as a parkrun family, was therefore shocked to our core when tragedy strike in November 2017 while Sibusiso was on volunteering duties and their son Siyamukelo (aged 7) died in a fire that destroyed their entire house. Nozipho sustained burn injuries when she tried to save little Siya. Fortunately she has fully recovered since. In true Sibusiso fashion and spirit he thanked parkrun at the funeral for the opportunity afforded to him and his family to be part of parkrun and for the opportunity to volunteer. After the tragedy the rest of the family also started to volunteer on a more regular basis and it is always such a pleasure to see them as marshals on the route. We salute them for their courage, humility and selflessness – we treasure them as part of our parkrun family. Mhtungwa Mbhulazi!

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