Ethiopian Haftu who is adopted by Australian family met his hero Haile Gebreselassie Watch new Ethiopian movies and news on iPhone, Android, iPad or visit our site Sodere.com Bentleigh East runner Haftu Strintzos meets hero in Ethopia TROELS SOMMERVILLE MOORABBIN GLEN EIRA LEADER IT will be hard to top Haftu Strintzos’ Christmas after the keen runner got to meet his hero Haile Gebrselassie. While on a trip to his home town in Ethiopia, where he delivered much needed stationery to school students, Haftu was given a gift he had been dreaming for much of his life. Just after New Year the 15-year-old Bentleigh East boy was called up by a family friend who managed to organise for him to run with double Olympic 10,000m champion Gebrsalassie. And last Thursday, the day after Ethiopian Christmas, the young distance runner got to spend two hours one-on-one with the 41-year-old running legend. “His advice, his enthusiasm and exuberance is inspiring … we were both in awe,” Haftu’s mum, Maria Strintzos, said. “We are both on such a high … Haftu was left feeling like an Olympic gold medal winner.” Haftu grew up in poverty in the highlands of Tigray, but was adopted when he was 10 by Ms Strintzos, an Australian aid worker. After coming to Australia he realised his time herding goats in the high altitudes of his homelands had given him the perfect base to take up running and he quickly excelled. Through all that he had looked up to Gebrselassie, who has set up running academies in his homeland to help usher through new generations of Ethiopian runners. Unfortunately, Haftu’s planned run with Gebrselassie was postponed after he was called away to attend the funeral of the father of one of the marathon runners he trained. The pair will run together at some point this week instead. Haftu and his mum have spent the past few weeks distributing supplies, donated by students fromHaileybury in Keysborough, to his old village school and helping to build a well. Subscribe or Rent movies to watch. Monthly subscription prices are $29.99 or $9.99. Watch 6 movies per month and more than 400 Ethiopian movies. You can watch when you want, as much as you want on TV, mobile phone, tablet or computer. Subscribe for one month and cancel anytime. 29.99/month (SodereOnDemand.com) 6 new movies per month and 400+ released films KIDS videos, Movie premier videos. There are two options to pay: PayPal or credit card. To pay through credit card or PayPal, click SUBSCRIBE NOW button, add cart and "proceed to check out", Enter your name, address and other information. Rent and Watch. Price starts at $2.99 $9.99/month (Sodere.com) 2 new movie after sign up + 2 new movies per month. Questions? call 1 310 570 9291 viber or direct. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.