So I’m driving to work this morning and witness the following:
On the corner of William Nicol and Sloane, on Sloane coming from of Epsom Downs center, there’s this woman and a young boy, probably around 8, going from car to car begging. The car next to me hoots at them and gives the woman a Pick and Pay bag of food. She makes a exclamation of excitement and hands the boy this tray of fruit from the bad. Although her reaction was enough what really got to me was the look on the face of that little boy and the way he was cradling that tray of fruit like it was a puppy. The heart wrenching feeling I got seeing what this one bag of kindness meant to this boy and his (I assume) mother.
I know we live in a country with a really bad poverty problem. Many of the people begging on our street corners need all the help they can get just to survive. Unfortunately there are also those who take advantage of the situation. And that’s why so many people simply refuse to help those going from car to car.
Here’s my idea. We have Pigspotter for traffic stops and the whole of twitter available to us that easily distributes valuable information to a large group of people. So. I don’t know if something like this exists already but here it is anyway -> https://twitter.com/PepThemUp
Follow that twitter account and when you see someone who really should be helped, make mention of it. And perhaps you’re at the shops and you saw a tweet about someone nearby needing help. That extra R 50 worth of food in a bag could make a world of difference for them.
Let’s be human