Monday 12th March 2012, Kloof Street, Cape Town.
I was on my way to meet Patrick on Kloof Street, bouncing down the hill with my camera in one hand a big fat wad in the other. It was super hot and I was feeling great, back in love with Wearelucky. I had an invitation for Patrick in my bag, but I was itching to give it to someone else....
There was a bloke moving a load of dustbins about and he gave me a big smile and asked me about my day. A Lucky Person? I stopped to chat for a while, but for some reason it just didn't feel right and I bounded off in search of a cold drink. I found a 7-Eleven on Kloof and as I was paying for my Diet Coke the shop girl starting singing along to the Alicia Keys track playing on the radio. She sounded amazing and when I smiled at her she responded with a grin that lit up the whole store. I walked out feeling even better than before and skipped a hundred yards down the street before I realised that the shop girl should be the next Lucky Person. I rushed back and slipped an invitation on to the counter.
Later that night I was thrilled to get an email from Thelma and we arranged to meet the next day. Her mum is very sick and Thelma is the only member of her family with a job. I was moved and humbled by her situation and her strong commitment to working hard and providing for the whole family. Thelma is an absolute diamond and I'm so glad I dropped into that 7-Eleven on Kloof.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
I ws shck cld nt blv tht it was my lucky day. I flt lyk crying bt I ddnt cz I thght it ws a drm&sm1 wil wake me up.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
I wil tk my mother 2 a gud doctor&tk my child 2 pre-school.
3. Has it changed the way you think about giving?
im a peoples person so gvng is wat I'm use 2 dng.
4. Why do you think we feel good about doing something for others?
dng smthng 4 othrs mks u appreciate lyf even mr&u gt blessngs by pttng a smile on sm1 tht ddnt hv anythng.
5. Did you feel lucky or responsible?
Im lucky cz I nvr new tht I wld be so hppy in my lyk&im responsible cz of de thngs I nid 2 do.
6. What, if anything, have you learned from this experience and has it changed how you feel about giving?
I hv learnt abt gvng,caring&tht thy r de mst imprtnt thngs tht a person cn do.
7. What question would you like to ask Wearelucky?
I wld lyk 2 no wat inspired u guyz into mkng this project? hw cn I be mr involved in de project.