Nicoline Brummer saw a man in need and knew she had to stop and help, but she was worried she would hurt her back, then a group of highschoolers joined in…
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa – Nicoline Brummer was in the middle of a random act of kindness when she too, received a random act of kindness.
She saw a man in a wheelchair who was a little stuck. She knew she had to help him, so she turned her car around and stopped next to him.
“While on Commercial Road I noticed a gentleman in a wheelchair struggling to move and immediately knew that God wanted me to help him,”
“I prayed while on my way to help him because I knew my back would not allow me to pick him up but I continued,”
She got out of her car and started to speak to the gentleman. She quickly realised they were unable to communicate as she couldn’t understand what he was trying to say.
She approached a group of Alexandra High School pupils to ask if any of them would be able to translate for her.
“The young men helped me understand that this man needed to get to 50 Durban Road and they all volunteered to help push this man and get him into my car,”
Another woman stopped to help with transporting the man’s wheelchair as it would not into fit into Nicoline boot. She offered the students a reward for their efforts, and instead of keeping it for themselves, they used it to buy the man some necessities.
“These young men did not accept any money from me and once we got the man to where he needed to be they went as far as going to the shop and using the money that I had offered them to buy the man supplies,”
“I would not have been able to help that man were it not for those boys. In my eyes, they are champions and heroes,”
One of the staff members informed the school principal of their actions. Principal Anusha Pillay said she was not surprised by their actions as the school prides itself on guiding their students to be good-natured and do anything to make a difference within their communities.
“I am not surprised by these pupils’ willingness to help at this opportunity.
“Our Alexandrians are well mannered and polite and we emphasise good values at every opportunity,”
“I am so proud of them and their kind gesture and I know they will be blessed for their selfless service to someone in need,” said Pillay.
So what started as a small random act of kindness turned into an act that spread across an entire community.