The inaugural Shoes vs Cancer exhibition soccer match has been hailed as a success! The five-a-side football tournament, hosted by the Shoes Of Wisdom Foundation, took place on Friday the 11th of November at the Edenvale Action Sports Complex to raise awareness for the Re na le lona centre for vulnerable children in Soweto. As co-founder Ayanda Khubeka explains, she co-founded the Shoes Of Wisdom Foundation (a non-profit organisation) with late former Bafana Bafana legend John “Shoes” Moshoeu to help in Educating vulnerable children by using Sports and Arts.
Ex-Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows winger Dikgang “The Terminator” Mabalane was just one of several former professional footballers that took part. Former players such as Jabulani Mendu, Naughty Mokoena, Fabiana McCarthy, Simba Maruma showed off their skills, while current players including Morgan Gould and Rooi Mahamutsa were also there to lend their support to the event. “Ordinary Joes” got the opportunity to enter their teams, at R1000.00 each, to take on the ex-professionals with the proceeds going to the Re Na Le Lona centre.
Because it was cancer that caused the untimely death of the 49-year old John Lesiba “Shoes” Moshoeu, November was selected as the right month to host this inaugural tournament. During November or “MO-VEMBER” as it has become known, it has become common to see men sporting moustaches or “Mo’s.” These moustaches are grown in order to highlight the increase in prostate and testicular cancer in particular – cancers that affect men. 1986 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon champion Thulani Sibisi attended the Shoes vs Cancer exhibition soccer match and used the opportunity to conscientize the men in attendance to the risks of prostate cancer.
Well done to Ayanda and the rest of the Shoes Of Wisdom Foundation, as well as all who took part in this event. We look forward to bigger and better in 2016.