Kind strangers offered everything from clothing to photos, and even transport after hearing about a student whose family couldn’t make his graduation!


Tshwane, South Africa – Given Percy Mashitisha’s story inspired kindhearted strangers to help him in his time of need. At the end of March, he took to Twitter asking people to please attend his graduation in his mother’s place as she was in Limpopo and unable to attend. Twitter users quickly rallied together to help Given’s mother see him, graduate.

Given Mashitisha is originally from Limpopo but currently staying in Pretoria, Soshanguve. The dedicated student has a National Diploma in Administrative Management General and a B TECH in Management from TUT.

His Tweet was seen by thousands of people, and many offered him assistance. He received offers of transport for his family, accommodation for them, meals, entertainment as well as shopping experiences to kit the family and Given out for the big day.

He officially graduated on the 25th of April and was grateful to share the day with his mom. He took to Twitter once more to thank everyone that made the day possible.

“I would like to thank each and every one of you for the contributions you made and also being part of this successful journey. You guys really helped me so much and God bless you all for that. May you continue to help the needy ones like me. Thank you.”

Even though Given had his mother at his side, many of the people, who had seen his original Tweet attended the graduation as well. They cheered him on as he went up to accept his B TECH.

Take a look at his mother’s adventures below.

Sources: Twitter
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