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Darron’s journey from a young person in a chaotic environment to a community hero is nothing short of inspiring! And it all began with a surfer’s kindness:


Simon’s Town, South Africa (03 April 2024) — Back in the early 2000s when Darron Nicholson was a child, he would sit and watch surfers in Kommetjie. For Darron, watching the surfers wasn’t just about enjoying one of the most mind-blowing skillsets undertaken by humans (though that part was pretty cool too). It was an open invitation to peace—something Darron welcomed amid the chaotic moments of his early life and environment.

One day, a kind surfer (and later on, Darron’s Math teacher) noticed Darron and decided to teach him how to ride the waves for himself. Though neither of them knew it at the time, this act would unfold into a series of positively impactful moments for Darron on his path to becoming a community hero.

Darron went on to teach children from similar backgrounds to his, how to surf. This continued into his young adulthood when he would team up with an American, who eventually became his wife, to do even more good!

Together, the Nicholson’s went on to help scores of struggling children—from foster kids to eventually running their own children’s sanctuary.

After lockdown, Lindsay and Darron were able to start the GLO House, inspired by a phrase used by the children they helped. A home of belief in the better, Lindsay and Darron’s work has been centred around making sure that underprivileged children have the opportunity to grow with love, get an education, and learn about sustainability and animals.

Beyond the children, they are also pillars in surrounding communities.

“The GLO House has an immense amount of projects they work on. One of them is helping Simonstown removing 1-2 tons of food waste from restaurants and Spar to reduce baboon attractants and limiting organic waste to landfill,” shares the Simonstown Community Group who honoured Darron as their person of the month.

“Darron is one of the most honourable people in our immediate society…he endeavours to honour every promise he makes to anyone but especially the kids—it is truly an honour to know him…

“…At 32 we applaud this young man who will go on to do great things not only for our community but for our country.”

Sources: Simonstown Community Group 
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Ashleigh Nefdt is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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