John Endres shared a series of Tweets that has everyone in tears, 40 young boys were brought to Johannesburg for a soccer tournament but scammed of their money.
Johannesburg, South Africa – Yesterday a group of 40 children had their dreams shattered. They arrived in Johannesburg following the promise of an exciting day filled with soccer and fun. However, when they were stranded they realised the day wasn’t going to happen.
The children were taken in by the local South African Police Service (SAPS). The SAPS sent out a plea for assistance via WhatApp and by 7 pm, John Endres’s community group had received word of the incident as well. As the tragic story was revealed, John also saw the very best in people.
John took to Twitter to share the story and it has since warmed the hearts of hundreds of people and left many feeling a little tearful.
“This evening at 7pm an urgent appeal for donations reached our community WhatsApp group from the local SAPS station. A group of 40 children was left stranded when a fraudster took R500 each from their parents, promising the kids a fun soccer tournament in Johannesburg”
When the children got to Johannesburg, the man had disappeared with the money. They were left at the police station without food, without accommodation, without transport home. So far, so tragic.
But the community’s response was magnificent: within a single hour, thousands of rand had been collected, all small donations of R50-R200. The local Spar donated food. A church gave funds. The residents association made a donation. The police offered to put the children up.”
He ends off the thread with a little encouragement for everyone who was following along.
Next time you worry about SA, remember this story. Ordinary South Africans have big hearts. We are empathetic and we help each other. At the community level, we make things work. And cynical politicians and race-baiters can go get screwed.
— John Endres (@senderman) September 25, 2019
The Randburg Community Police Forum also shared a press release about the incident. Daryl Currie, the interim CFP chairperson took the time to thank every person that stepped forward to help the children. He said,
“On the evening of the 25th September, we received information of a group of school children who were visiting Johannesburg from Bloemfontein on what they thought was a school soccer tournament, unfortunately, they fell victim to what we think was a scam. An urgent call for assistance was sent out to the Randburg community to provide food for the children for the night. We received a great response from our Randburg community.
A special thanks is in order to the Randburg Police Station Commander Brigadier Jones for opening the station as a safe shelter for the children for the evening, thank you to Charmaine Humphrey from The Northfern Residents Association and Celeste from the Bryan Fern RA for arranging a donation of food and beverages in addition to this thank you to John Bryan Fern RA Chairman for the cash donation which was used to fill one of the minibus taxis. To Golden Harvest Church elders and Valarie, thank you for assisting with the coordination and handing out of food.
To our two local businesses who really made a mark, thank you Spar at the Ferndale Village for all the food and beverages you supplied. Thank you to Glenda from the Engine Garage on Oxford for your donation of one tank of fuel to the second minibus taxi.
In a time of need, we have shown how strong we are as a community. We need to join hands and show a greater strength in the fight against crime. Get involved in your local Community Police Forum (CPF) and Residents associations. We are strong on our own but Stronger together.”
This story is proof that yes, we do have bad apples in South Africa BUT we have so many more good ones. With every moment where things go bad, there are hundreds of people ready to turn it into something good.
The spirit of Ubuntu is strong in South Africa!