What do $5,000, a house, a disabled man and 60 Aussies have in common?
Do you ever hesitate to make a donation, wondering where it will go? What can it do? Will it really make a difference? Should I really participate in that fundraiser? Will it really be worth my effort?
“Alpheos” is a single dad of two boys with a leg disability. However, he doesn’t let this define him. He is a very hard worker and takes great pleasure in gardening.
Sadly, Alpheos was living in a small shed on someone else’s land, but had to vacate it last year. His 17-year-old son has had no other choice but to live on the streets in the city, while his 12-year-old son lives with a family friend. Alpheos would love to have both his sons live with him, be able to care for them and provide a future, like a good father.
Hearing about the unfortunate plight of Alpheos inspired supporters of project J745N ‘Operation Hope Swaziland Community Health Project’ to hold a walkathon, with the goal of raising $5,000 to build him a home. An encouraging turn-out, just over 60 adults and children gathered to help raise funds on the day.
Back in Swaziland, in an effort to help Alpheos, a local community chief gave him a parcel of land and workers from Operation Hope erected a temporary tent on the land provided by the Red Cross. Alpheos has begun to clear the land with the help of some local friends.
The best part of the story is that the walkathon successfully raised $5,000 and will soon give Alpheos and his two boys a new two bedroom home with a water tank and pit latrine! How amazing is that—a disabled father becoming reunited with his two sons, a teenager soon off the streets, a complete change in destiny for a family and probably future generations?! What a difference just a couple of hours getting some exercise with family and friends can make.
Ashleigh (pictured above right, wearing pink), 11, chose to run the course to raise money for Alpheos, too. “I could see how far a little money can go and I thought imagine how much we can do with a lot more money. I wanted to run so I can raise money to help the poor and make a difference,” She said.
Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” She also said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one”. If we all take this advice on-board, what an impact we can all make on our world.
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