A Greek storyteller, Aesop once quipped that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
The adage reflects the true nature in which a good deed can go a long way in impacting a person's life. In the case of a team of General Service Unit (GSU) officers, who were posted to Nairobi's Komarok, their chance meeting with a motorbike rider called Kimani changed the latter's fortunes.
The rider had gone viral during the post-election period for carrying an infant while working- an incident that does not happen so often. The officers, who were heading to the camp, stopped and offered assistance to the rider.
GSU officers help a boda boda rider spotted working with a child pic.twitter.com/m7PHRwG1Or— Kenyans.co.ke (@Kenyans) September 19, 2022
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Rapson Alungahu, one of the GSU officers, detailed their good initiative that has since touched many Kenyans.
"I had seen the guy two days prior as his video of him carrying his child as he continued with his work went viral. On that material day, we were heading to our camp from Kayole. I spotted the rider and informed our driver to halt the vehicle. After conversing with the team, we began contributing to the rider," he stated.
"When we stumbled upon the rider, we forsook our food supplies and delved to gift the rider. We also managed to raise some funds. I decided to help him further and post the video online for it to reach other Kenyans of goodwill."
Alungahu, who doubles up as an artist, noted that the act of kindness was inspired by a previous song he had released titled Subiri- which replicated the events that had occurred.
In addition, the officer paid a visit to the rider to monitor his well-being, only to find out that scores had poured in their contributions to Kimani whose life had changed significantly.
"After posting the video, I met the rider again and found out that many people had reached out to him as he had received more than Ksh500,000. This aided him in repaying the loan he had used to purchase the motorbike. He also relocated to a better neighbourhood from the murky desolate place he resided in.
The officer affirmed that he engages in multiple philanthropic endeavours.