A student in Preston in the UK has launched a campaign that has raised thousands of pounds for a homeless man named Robbie after he offered to give her some money so she could get a taxi home.
Dominique Harrison-Bentzen, who studies at the University of Central Lancashire, was queueing at an ATM recently on December 4th to get money for a taxi home when she realised that she'd lost her ATM card. Seeing that she was in trouble, a homeless man named Robbie decided to offer her the £3 that he had so she could get home, a gesture which touched her greatly.
She didn't take the money, and instead went about finding a way to try and help Robbie. She's set up a crowdfunding page with gogetfunding (which is currently down under the sheer number of visitors the story has attracted) where she had raised over £9,000 as of yesterday, when she embarked on a 24 hour period where she would go homeless in order to better understand Robbie's plight.
She has also set up a Facebook page and a Twitter too where you can keep up with the progress of the project. The idea is to be able to get him a place to stay so that he can then have an address to seek work, and speaking about the campaign, Harrison-Bentzen said that his kind gesture to her was not the only one that he'd done: "I set on a mission to find this man, the more I spoke about him the more kind gestures I learnt about such as him returning wallets untouched to pedestrians and offering his scarf to keep people warm".
The campaign has now gained international attention, and has already raised a huge amount of awareness for homelessness in the city, in particular at a time of year that is all about giving. If you want to try and help with homelessness in Ireland, then visit Focus Ireland or The Simon Community for more information.