The power of social media for good, see what’s happening now #SmilesforEdgar

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.

#SmilesforEdgar

#SmilesforEdgar

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.

He is one of the nicest, happiest people that I have ever met and he has now lost his smile. So this is a drive to get him some new teeth and money to send back to his children in Malawi. He has no bank account and his passport was taken so he will have to apply for that, he apparently cannot do that without travelling to Joburg, something that seems ridiculous and expensive [am looking into that but if someone knows please let me know]. So at the moment he can not go home either.
Beside your donation, we are looking to find out how we are able to get him a new passport. This money will be used to get him back up on his feet.
So the goal is:
1. Get him his smile back! Some teeth would be good 😉 – and your support is bound to help.
2. Get him his money back to send to his children in Malawi.
3. Get him his passport so he can travel to see them again.
YOU GUYS HAVE ALREADY PLEDGED MONEY AND ARE JUST SO AWESOME, IT IS SUCH A PRIVILEGE to be living in a place where the people care so much. You have restored my faith in humanity and confirmed what a every day hero Edgar reall is. Funds will be collected via this site and transferred when we get to the target. Happy to share any info that will make people more comfortable to contribute!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/smiles-for-edgar

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!

#payitforward #smilesforedgar

 

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.

Happy and grateful Edgar #SmilesforEdgar

Happy and grateful Edgar #SmilesforEdgar

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