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Zoe Kgasa defies odds

Publishing Date : 11 June, 2019


A 26 year-old mother and also an aspiring entrepreneur, Zoe Kgasa defeated all olds as she completed the 2019 Gaborone Diacore Marathon which was held recently in Gaborone, making her first participant on wheelchair to make it to the finish line.  

Kgasa told WeekendLife in an interview that she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in January 2017. The condition happen when the immune system (the body's defense system) is not working properly thus causing pain and swelling in the wrist and small joints of the hand and feet. The marathon was kick-started by the first lady, Neo Masisi as a way of raising awareness on breast cancer and also as part of the celebrations for Mother’s Day.

“I took part in the 2019 Diacore Marathon 10km marathon recently, which was meant to raise awareness on Breast Cancer, hence making me the first person handicapped person to finish the race under 1hr40min. Actually I still can’t believe I really did it, am also excited at the same time as it was really a great experience,” she noted.

“Prior to the race, I had mixed feelings. Firstly I wasn’t sure if I can really get to do it. A few of my friends would tease me and say I am going to be the last person to finish the race. I was scared they won’t let take part in the race since I wouldn’t push myself on the wheelchair due to contracted elbows.” She said the support she gets from her family and friends actually keeps her going, indicating that their love is her cure. Kgasa said the secret behind her success on the marathon,” if you can’t beat them, then join them.”

“I have realized if you go all out about whatever you are going through, the world recognises you and reaching out on my growing condition is therapy on its own,” said aspiring entrepreneur. She said her business is still at preliminary stage, and she will sell the products to the individuals as she working on getting it started by Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) and also getting the funding from Youth Development Fund (YDF) in order to expand the business to retail outlets.

“Initially this idea of lips Balms was initiated by Neo Seate of Senela farm, she first made lip balms for support, I sold them and later I thought I should turn it into a business. That’s when later we introduced the body butter,” she mentioned.



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