A Sinoville flower vendor, who has been without transport for months since his car was stolen, could not contain his happiness when he received his new wheels last week.
Clifford Sithole (32) who has been selling flowers near Overkruin High School in Braam Pretorius Street for about eight years, was held up and robbed of his car while selling roses last year.
On March 3, community members, the Sinoville police spokesperson and other benefactors gathered to hand over a bakkie to the flower seller.
“I’m so excited that I didn’t even sleep,” Sithole said.
Sithole, of Benoni in the east of Johannesburg, told Rekord he started selling roses and other flowers on the street corner in 2010.
“I love flowers. Flowers bring happiness and something beautiful.”
Sithole said his favourite flower is the Protea, because it is a true South African flower.
He says his biggest dream is to have his own flower shop one day.
After Sithole’s car was stolen, the Sinoville community decided to raise money to surprise him with a vehicle.
So they established a trust in his name.
When the community gave Sithole the good news they were fundraising for him, he told them that he had saved about R18 000 towards his new set of wheels.
Together they raised about R50 000.
“Thank you so much for the community’s selfless contribution. There are few communities willing to step in and assist someone in their moment of need,” said Pierre Briel, one of the residents who helped raise money for Sithole.
“Thank you for coming to the party and joining hands to see the project through to help Clifford get started and help him reach better heights.
“Thank you, to the community as a whole.”
Briel also thanked Espag cars, that not only sold Sithole the bakkie at a discount, but also put on new tyres, serviced it and pledged future service assistance.
“Thanks to Mike Buyns who also helped secure the bakkie by installing a tracker device.”
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