Old Birthday Boy’s Wish Fulfilled


By Frederick Philander WINDHOEK Father of seven, grandfather of 28 and great-grandfather of many, Paul Kubersky last Saturday was granted his life’s wish by the Kubersky clan for his 90th birthday – a 60ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ km bicycle ride from Mariental to Stampriet in the South. Oupa Paul, as he is affectionately known, led the bicycle race last Saturday morning. Clad in a golf shirt displaying a ‘Happy Birthday’ message and a photo of Oupa Paul, the family united for the trip. Oupa Paul covered the first 20 kilometres on his bicycle but, due to his waning health, he had to quit on instruction from the family. “We decided 20 kilometres was more than enough for an old man like my grandfather. We allowed him to continue later to Stampriet, the final destination of the journey,” his granddaughter, Lize Kubersky, told New Era. Oom Paul Kubersky, of Polish origin, is still enjoying relatively good health – riding a bicycle at 90! “I wanted to show my father that we cherish his existence. We wanted to grant him his wish, and what better opportunity than to link it with his 90th birthday? We decided to shift the trip to the weekend to accommodate more family members,” said the main organizer of the event, Benno Kubersky. Family members came from the North and South, and a church service was included in the event for Oupa Paul, a very religious person. “A musical concert was also held as part of the old man’s birthday celebrations, starring a Kubersky family band and Rehoboth-based singing sensation, Willie Steyn, on stage. A large portion of the elderly Stampriet community attended the old-age birthday party, dining on southern style cuisine, which included speeches and good music until late Saturday night,” said Lize. Oupa Paul lives happily with his daughter in the town of Stampriet.