Taiwan citizens have rescued Thomas Muli, a Kenyan athlete based in the Asian country from hawking socks after COVID-19 disrupted his sole source of livelihood.
According to reports, the 36-year-old man relocated to Taiwan in 2018 in search of greener pastures in education through studying Chinese at National United University’s Chinese Language Center.
Until the pandemic struck, Muli relied on athletics to sustain his livelihood and also to support his family back home in Kenya.
Having no other source of income, he resorted to hawking socks at Miaoli Zhunan Sports Park.
The citizens of Taiwan who were moved by his talent in sports joined hands to help Muli back to his feet.
They raised funds to enable him pay his tuition fees at the institution.
An impressed Thomas Muli expressed his gratitude to the Taiwanese people for their support and hospitality shown towards him.
“Taiwanese are very good people,” Muli said as quoted by Central News Agency (CNA), Taiwan.
Other than the college fund, it is further reported that Muli was offered a job as a running coach to help him meet his needs.
He hopes to be able to race again and return to Kenya after the completion of his studies in Taiwan.
Muli is known for his race in Kenya in which he completed in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 3 seconds and a half marathon in France in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 9 seconds.
In 2019, he won the Shengang and Sun Moon Lake Marathons in Taiwan.