Uutoni asks for support for Shokonawa Academy

29 Oct 2013 13:40pm
ONGWEDIVA, 29 OCT (NAMPA) - Safety and Security Deputy Minister Erastus Uutoni has appealed to the business community and individuals with financial means to support the Gabriel Simon Shokonawa Training Academy and the development of athletics in Namibia.
Uutoni made the appeal whilst speaking at the annual Penehupifo Pohamba Marathon which took place at Farm Ondera, between Oshivelo and Tsumeb, in the Oshikoto Region on Saturday.
He at the same time urged young people to participate in athletics and other sports disciplines if they are to stay away from alcohol and drug substance abuse.
“Sports can build you, make you famous and you can also earn a living from it,” Uutoni noted, while on the other hand calling on the young people to engage in development activities which will build them as individuals and not destroy them.
The Penehupifo Pohamba Marathon is hosted under the auspices of the Gabriel Simon Shokonawa Training Academy which was initiated by marathon runner Gabriel Simon Shokonawa.
Uutoni applauded Shokonawa and described him as a “fine and visionary young Namibian man” who has made athletics a priority area in his academy.
“We have heard of so many events organised by Shokonawa every year and I can only say that it is through his vision and hard work that he is managing to accomplish all this,” the Safety and Security Deputy Minister said before encouraging Shokonawa to continue doing what he does.
Some 140 athletes from Namibia and neighbouring Angola, including 102 athletes from the San community of Farmer Ondera and neighbouring farms, participated in Saturday’s event.