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10 Days of Goodmass: South African cultivates a vegetable garden on his pavement for the hungry

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The countdown to Goodmass has begun and for the seventh day of Goodmass, we’re featuring Johan Scott, a retired SA policeman who started a vegetable garden on his pavement to feed the hungry.

 

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Good Things Guy spent the year doing good things in partnership with First Choice and their #Move4Goodness campaign, from planting trees after the Knysna fires to cleaning beaches and even teaching kids about the environment… so we’ve decided to look back at the year together, and bring you all the Top stories of 2017 (with all the updates of the people who inspired us this year).

This is the 10 days of Goodmass, good news stories to uplift you, just in time for the holiday season!

For the 7th day of Goodmass, we’re sharing the story of Johan Scott, a retired policeman from Heidelberg, South Africa who started a vegetable garden on his pavement after his cauliflower was stolen. He realised that there were people that are hungry in his neighbourhood so he decided to cultivate an even bigger garden on his pavement in order to feed more people.

“It makes my heart happy when I see people eating my vegetables”.

“That is why I planted this, because the people are hungry, they need this”

Scott decided to plant beans, tomatoes, eggplants and beetroot for the local community to help themselves to free produce. He hoped that this garden would change how many hungry people there are in his town.

His act of kindness has sparked a warming in our hearts and we are not alone! Facebook users have been sharing their love for this act of kindness and some even stated how much they respect Johan. The hope is that this selfless and generous act will inspire more people in the town and around South Africa to become proactive in the fight to prevent hunger.

There are many places around South Africa that have vegetable gardens for the homeless, these offer a form of employment and a food source for people actively working to change their circumstances.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu 

We commend Johan for his generous act and hope his crops are plentiful! Johan inspired a fellow South African, Sipho Simelane who read the story, to come forward and donate one hectare of his land to a community vegetable project.

“I was inspired by a selfless gentleman Johan Scott. The hope is that this selfless and generous act will inspire more people around South Africa to become proactive in the fight to prevent hunger.” – Sipho Simelane


In partnership with First Choice and their #Move4Goodness campaign, Good Things Guy is sharing the Top stories of 2017 and spreading the Goodness around just in time for the holiday season.

Stay tuned as we share the most feel-good stories of 2017!


Sources: GTG
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