71-yo walks 10 miles to help cyclone victims, wins the heart of one of Africa’s richest men
Plaxedes Dilon, also known as Gogo Magombo, is a hardworking 71-year-old African woman who gets up at 4 a.m. every morning and covers long distances on foot selling clothes for a living. However, her limited income and old age did not deter her from walking 10 miles to donate clothing and kitchen supplies to people hit by a cyclone in southern Africa!
Magombo had just returned home from a long day of vending when she heard of the cyclone disaster on the radio.
“I immediately packed the clothes and jackets that I earlier purchased for resell and carried my bag to Star FM the following morning,” she reveals.
Her incredible act of kindness and compassion influenced one of Africa’s wealthiest people, Telecoms tycoon Strive Masiyiwa, who announced that he will be building her a home, saying “she gave more than us all”.
“This is the biblical ‘widow’s mite’,” Masiyiwa wrote on Facebook. “What she did is one of the most remarkable acts of compassion I have ever seen. When this is over, I’m going to find her, and invite her to come and see me, if possible. Then I will spend time in prayer with her. Then I will build her a house, anywhere she wants in Zimbabwe. It will have solar power and running water. Then I will give her a monthly allowance of $1,000 for life.”