In a world where we are bombarded with bad news about crime, hunger, devastation, corruption and all that jazz that is usually pumped out on your television, radio and yes – even this publication – it is with a warm heart that we can today report that there are still people out there who care.
They care not only about themselves and their personal belongings. They care about their fellow man. They reach out and go the extra mile to help those in need. They risk their own lives to save others and when working together, they can achieve unbelievable things.
Recent proof of such unselfishness was highlighted when young Quintin Harmse was left to fend for himself on the streets of Johannesburg after the driver of his bakkie drove away with R45 000 worth of stock while leaving him phoneless at a petrol station.
A good Samaritan helped him to get to a bus station. Complete strangers put him up for the night in Nelspruit when he had nowhere to go. Bystanders gave him some spare change so that he could find his way home and while all this was happening, there were scores of people on the ground who were relentlessly searching for him.
Hundreds of people from across the globe prayed for his return and if his family were able to do so, they would thank each and every individual personally.
Then in a heartwarming awareness campaign that brought Heidelberg to a complete standstil, entire groups of good Samaritans participated in a Unity Parade through the streets of Heidelberg on August 25.
While the event was only a once off, most people who participated in the parade dedicate their lives to helping others. They often give more of their time to their respective causes than what their own families will ever get. They live to serve and they love it too.
From the poorest women and children, teens with unwanted pregnancies, the elderly, those with mental illnesses and even the drug and alcohol abusers out there – they are all taken care of by these people who spend their days at nonprofit organisations where a hug or a smile is often they only thing they have to offer.
They do their work without expecting as much as a thank you in return – they do it because it is part of their DNA.
A number of these good Samaritans were also there when six trucks and nine cars were involved in an accident on the N3 last week.
Minutes after the smash groups of Samaritans started to help at the scene. Many others helped by slowing down drivers who were travelling on the N3. Others helped to close the roads and as far as the rescue efforts were concerned, the various emergency services from across the province responded at the drop of a hat.
To put the vastness of this crash into perspective – no less than seven fire trucks were at the accident scene at one stage.
Those same fire trucks raced through to Nigel and Balfour where fires destroyed farms and smallholdings, houses and cattle.
Back to the accident, it took less than nine hours for the community to raise R35 000 towards one girl’s medical bills.
This was amazing and also much needed in a time where it would appear that lawlessness and a lack of compassion is taking over society.
So before the bad news gets you down and you worry too much about the country’s junk status, just remember all these good Samaritans and perhaps try to be one yourself should the opportunity present itself.
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