Melody
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Hospital receptionist
Friday 11th November 2011, Constantia, Cape Town
We walked into a hospital where, just a few days before, the life of a shark attack victim had been saved. It still amazes me that every shark attack makes international headlines but that more people are killed by bee stings and falling coconuts.
Melody had taken an early lunch break to meet with me and Barkie, but she had no idea what we were there for. She looked shocked when I passed across the envelope stuffed with cash. You can only draw 100 rand notes out of the hole in the wall so 10,000 rand is a massive wedge. Melody is a single mother who works hard to look after her daughter and save for her education, and it felt amazing to be able to help out.
We did the shoot in the hospital gardens amongst the recovering patients with their wheelchairs and drips. The sun was harsh so I had to find some shade, but Melody was a natural and very easy in front of the camera.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
This is not for real, could it be a prank?
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
Settle some debt and put the rest towards my daughter's schooling. I want a better life for her.
3. What does good mean to you?
To give your best, without expecting anything in return.
4. Did you feel lucky or responsible?
Blessed.
5. What, if anything, have you learned from this experience and has it changed how you feel about giving?
I have always been a giver, maybe this was me time to receive, but I will never be able to stop giving.
6. What question should I be asking you?
Would I be able to do the same if I was in your position?

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