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Posted on: June 16, 2013

Dare #2: Take a hobo for lunch 

That sounds exactly like something I would want to do…not. Can’t I just take the lunch to him? Does he honestly have to come with me to a public restaurant and eat with me? I guess it was a challenge and I was definitely not going to fail.

I decided to keep this challenge as close to home as possible by taking the hobo right outside one of the UJ gates leading the wondering eyes at campus square. just to be on the safe side I took one of my friends to accompany me and play bodyguard if the needs be.

We went to his “chill” spot, he wasn’t there, while a tiny part of me was relieved that I could do this some other tim there he appeared. We introduced ourselves to this seemingly shy guy and let him know that lunch was on me today. You should have seen the look on his face.

McDonald’s was more packed than ever, you would swear they knew we were coming. As we sat and had lunch, I got to know his story. Thabiso (23) is from Lesotho. he lost his parents at a very young age, came to Joburg with a relative to receive an education, only to find that he would pass on in 2008. He began living on the streets, moved to a home in Brixton from which he and a couple of other street kids were kicked out because of the behaviour of some of the boys. Thabiso then continued living on the streets of Joburg which had previously resembled a better life.

Had he completely lost hope and stopped dreaming? To my pleasant surprise, he hadn’t. He would if possible like to become an engineer, buy a car and a house and in terms of a girlfriend or wife, his response was a “yes” accompanied by a the most shy, innocent smile I’d ever seen.

Thabiso

Thabiso

 THABISO, A SHY AND HUMBLE GUY WITH BIG DREAMS AND A BEAUTIFUL SMILE.

Lunch with a hobo has made it to my top 3 ‘dates’ ever and opened my eyes to a completely different world.

Thabiso and I

Thabiso and I

Thabiso and 'the bodyguard'

Thabiso and ‘the bodyguard’ (Hlumela)

 

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Dreaming

 

 Strawberryshare: To those of you who have the means to make your dreams come true, do not take them for granted because others out there can only dream.

 

Dare #2: Take a hobo for lunch 

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Posted on: June 3, 2013

Dare #1: A full working day as a cleaner at a local supermarket

We all have a certain job that we have told ourselves we’d never be caught doing, dead or alive. It’s either because it does not measure up to our standards, involves too much work, the hours are too long, we have to get our hands dirty, we wouldn’t look good in the attire, or as nasty as it may sound we think we are just too good to be doing such. In my case that job is cleaning.

I decided to put my pride and all the stereotypes aside this past weekend as I dared myself to work a full 8 hour day as a cleaner at a local Spar in Pretoria. My day as a cleaner began at 8am on Saturday after I had tried talking myself out of it several times. I spent the day working alongside one of the cleaners and my goodness was it not easy. At first I thought what could possibly be difficult about holding a mop and broom for a couple of hours? This was my fist mistake, I was actually going to have to use the mop and broom and it was not just a couple of hours, it was 8 hours, 480 minutes.

As the day progressed I kept doing the same thing within the same isles over and over again making sure there were no stains that went unnoticed. Business was continuing as usual, customers walking in and out stepping on the areas I had beeeeeeeeeeeeeen cleaning, not taking note of my existence or what I was doing as they placed their size 11 shoe prints all over my floor. At some point I just wished all the customers could fly around the store and carry the trolley on their shoulders.

ATTENTION ALL CUSTOMERS: When we place the wet floor sign on the floor, it is for your safety and most importantly it means the floor I am trying to clean is still WET.

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Working here opened my eyes to many things, other than the wet floor sign that I had been oblivious to. When people work in career fields such as cleaning it is not always by choice but because of certain circumstances in life which were far beyond their control. Opportunities that you have been privileged to have, they only dream of having. The jobs they do make a huge contribution to the success of a brand and how it is perceived by the general public. This local Spar would not have been known for its cleanliness if it weren’t for the cleaners with their mops and brooms. They are not invisible so from time to time say hello, acknowledge what they do,  it makes a difference.

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Strawberryshare: the next time you think any job is easy and insignificant, try walking in those shoes.

Dare #1: A full working day as a



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