Mr Jacob
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Fixer
Friday 11th November 2011, Cape Town
Mr Jacob is a retired engineer. He knows how everything works and he can take just about any machine apart and put it back together again. Not many people have this special skill and it means he is always busy fixing radios, dishwashers and cars for the people in his community. He never asks for or expects payment.
In his spare time he works on a special project – a car for his daughter. Panel by panel he is restoring an old Austin Mini. When a panel is beyond repair he makes a new one out of sheet metal and welds and rivets it back to the original shell. He's meticulously reconstructing the engine too. When I asked him to participate in WAL he immediately thought about the car and how the money could help to restore it to its former glory. Mr Jacob's daughter was the first member of his family to attend college and a car would help her to travel safely.
Mr Jacob is a very photogenic man and his immaculate workshop looked just as good through the lens. I really enjoyed the shoot. The photos only took a few minutes and then we were off. It was turning out to be a great day.
Questions & Answers
1. Did you think about spending the money on yourself and what difference the money might make to your life?
No, I immediately thought of the Mini and the impact it will have on my family.
2. Do you think being involved is important to the giving process?
Yes, our whole lives are driven by giving and changing things for the better.
3. Did you feel lucky or responsible?
I feel responsible as I have to make sure that I do as promised with the money.
4. What have you learned from this experience and has it changed how you feel about giving?
The more you give, the more you shall receive in different ways.