We all love social media – come on, can you imagine life without your Facebook updates or twitter feed? I could not. In a business world – we are all realising that its powerful absolutely, but in the ‘real world’ I am often blown away by the good social media can do for individuals and the speed that it happens! (I know there’s a seedy dark side too, but come on let’s use our powers for good!).
Recently I was at a kids birthday party and I was touched by this amazing story of my friend Candice’s local car guard in Franschhoek. She told me of his kind heart, how he helps the elderly and even buys chocolates and milk tart cakes for autistic children on their birthday. What happened next was even more amazing and testament to a) people b) the power of social media. Candice told Edgars story on FaceBook last night and guess what – WE are righting a wrong.
Edgar is such a help in our community & this campaign will assist to get him back on his feet.
Her story: This has been set up on behalf of a concerned Franschhoek Community to assist in getting Edgar, a car guard at our local store his teeth and money back. He was robbed, hit in the face with a rock, and lost 8 teeth as well as money he was about to send to his Malawi for his children’s education.
As Candice said, nobody should ever lose their smile! The best news is that a large company has stepped in to help too, it seems that a local dentist will be helping to do the actual work: http://www.deneckergroup.com – AMAZING.
Recently there was the story of the Traffic light teacher, and again what an amazing response #trafficlightteacher
Come on people, let’s keep this going. Please share and spread the story or any other local stories that are close to your heart. The power of social media, let’s use it for good!
NEWS UPDATE: 6TH MARCH 2015
Happy and grateful Edgar #SmilesforEdgar
Today we transferred the money donated via the online campaign to Edger’s personal account in Malawi. He was beyond happy! The cash donations are still being held by me [at his request], incase he has to pay any medical bills [which we are hoping is not going to be the case]. Thank you to the community for pulling together and to some wonderful people that have never even been to South Africa, or met Edger but saw his story online that were so generous. I will post a video from him shortly because he wanted to say thank you to you all. We will hopefully see new teeth when his mouth is healed enough to go to the next appointment – around 3 months time.