Real-life heroes walk among us every day. Whether they’re saving trapped animals, boosting a child’s self-esteem, or hiking miles out of the way to donate to a worthy cause, acts of heroism come in a variety of different forms. Take this woman in Zimbabwe, for example, who walked six miles carrying donations for survivors of Cyclone Idai.
71-year-old grandmother Plaxedes Dilon is receiving international praise after she trekked six-miles carrying donations for Cyclone Idai victims.
Dilon lugged a collection of clothes and other household items from her home to the Highlands Presbyterian Church in Harare where volunteers have been working to aid thousands of displaced citizens since Cyclone Idai blew a path of destruction through southern Africa in mid-March.
The church shared a photo of Dilon with her sack of donations balanced on top of her head, noting that she did not have enough money to take a bus from her home.
Dilon’s selfless actions caught the attention of Zimbabwe billionaire Strive Masiyiwa who has vowed to build the grandmother a home wherever she wants inthe country.
In a Facebook post, the executive also promised Dilon $1,000 per month for life.
“What she did is one of the most remarkable acts of compassion I have ever seen!” Masiyiwa wrote. “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!”
After hearing of the Cyclone disaster, Dilon decided to donate some of the clothes she sells to help those affected.
“I immediately packed the clothes and jackets that I earlier purchased for resell and carried my bag … the following morning,” Dilon told ZimLive.
People were touched by Dilon’s determination to help.
Over 750 lives were claimed during Cyclone Idai and international support has poured out for its victims and their families.