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Christmas came early for a Kimberley man, Clerence Ntsenkeng, who won a diamond after entering the De Beers Wellness Day race.

Christmas came early for a city man when he won a diamond in the De Beers Wellness Day race. The day was held to commemorate World Aids Day. File Image. Picture: Ashwini Bhatia/AP

CHRISTMAS came early for a Kimberley man, Clerence Ntsenkeng, who won a diamond after entering the De Beers Wellness Day race on Saturday.

The wellness day was held to commemorate World Aids Day and to highlight the plight of those living with HIV/Aids as well as to educate entrants about the disease.

De Beers spokesperson, Lesedi Ntuli, said the event comprised 10km and 5km road races and was held at the Galeshewe Stadium.

Ntuli said that Ntsenkeng walked away with his shiny prize after a lucky draw.

“We had registrations for entrants for the race. Ntsenkeng was one of the people who registered and he came up tops following a lucky draw,” said Ntuli.

Ntsenkeng indicated that he was thrilled with his prize. “I am really happy that I won the diamond. I am not sure what I am going to do with it but I certainly am glad that I decided to register to participate in this great initiative,” he said.

Ntuli said the overall winners in the race were awarded cash prizes.

“Prize money for the first position for both men and women was R1 000, second position R500 and third position R250. Other spot prizes included De Beers Group branded caps, water bottles, umbrellas and bags.”

She said that De Beers had promised to continue to support those living with the disease.

“The De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa senior vice-president, Peter Phemelo Moeti, indicated that De Beers was actively contributing to ending the HIV/Aids epidemic by 2030.

He again highlighted that as a business they are committed to supporting the United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids 90-90-90 strategy.

“By 2019, we expect that 90 percent of our people, both employees and contractors, will know their status, 90 percent of our people diagnosed with an HIV infection will be enrolled on an antiretroviral treatment plan, and 90 percent of employees adhering to the antiretroviral treatment plan will have viral suppression.”

Ntuli added that a mobile testing clinic on sight also offered free HIV/Aids testings and tuberculosis, high-blood pressure and diabetes screenings on the day.