#WATWB: 71-Year-Old Grandmother Walked Several Miles To Donate To Cyclone Survivors

Posted: 2019/04/26 in Blogging
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In March this year, one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere, caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and thousands more missing. Hundreds of thousands were displaced. Homes were destroyed and livelihoods wiped out. Hunger, starvation, homelessness and diseases soon took hold over the region. According to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA), about 1.85million people were affected by Cyclone Idai.

In the face of this destruction and death, several heroes emerged. The world responded positively to the disaster with donations pouring in from governments, individuals, and organizations such as WFP, UNICEF, MSF, OCHA, UNISDR, Samaritan’s Purse, and others. South Africans responded generously to their Zimbabwean neighbours’ plight, sending donations from the citizens, companies and members of the Diplomatic Corps to help the victims of the Cyclone.

One 71-year old grandmother named Plaxedes Dilon, a native of Zimbabwe, walked over ten miles to donate clothes to the unfortunate victims of the Cyclone. She had bought the clothes to resell but when she heard about the devastation wreaked by Cyclone Idai, she decided to donate them instead.

Her selfless action drew the attention of the Zimbabwe’s richest man who then promised to build her a house.

Plaxedes Dilon trudged on foot from near her home in downtown Harare to the Highlands Presbyterian Church to donate bundles of clothes to victims.

She heard about the devastation of Cyclone Idai, which has killed more than 700 people, on the radio after spending a long day selling clothing and decided to offer her wares to charity.

Church volunteers posted a photo of Ms Dilon with a sack balanced on her head, adding she could not afford to pay for a bus from her neighbourhood of Mbare. 

Her selfless act went viral and was noticed by Zimbabwe’s richest man, Strive Masiyiwa, who offered to build Ms Dilon a home wherever she wants in the country.

The rest of Dillon’s story can be found here, here, and here.


Plaxedes Dilon walked over ten miles to the Highlands Presbyterian Church in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare to deliver donations to cyclone survivors. Source: Daily Mail UK

This is the 23th celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are: Shilpa GargInderpreet UppalLizbeth HartzEric Lahti and myself.


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  1. dweezer19 says:

    Wow. Good things can indeed happen for good people. Sending prayers for those who suffered during the cycline. So Many terrible weather disasters…

    • Peter Nena says:

      Hi Cheryl. The weather is quite erratic these days. Hardly a month goes by before you see news about cyclones, hurricanes, flooding, heatwaves, etc. But the disasters bring out some of the best qualities in people. They are so many good people in the world, full of love and compassion.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for sharing the story of this amazing woman, Peter and thanks so much for co-hosting.

  3. Debbie D. says:

    Accounts like this restore one’s faith in humanity. Good for her and kudos to the philanthropist who wants to reward her. Devastating storms are becoming the norm throughout the world and that’s alarming!


    • Peter Nena says:

      Yes, indeed! The storms are too frequent these days. The good thing is that as the storms rage, we see heroes among us, more love and compassion are displayed, more humanity. We find strength in adversity. Thank you Debbie.

  4. hilarymb says:

    Hi Peter – what a great story … people with just about nothing are so generous – as we see here; how excellent that Strive Masiyiwa of Econet Wireless has offered to build this generous, kind and thoughtful woman, Plaxedes Dilon, a home of her own … so pleased for her. Excellent #WAWTB post … cheers Hilary


  5. Inderpreet says:

    Such an inspiration! We can learn so much from Plaxedes! Selfless and hardworking. More power to her. May her story be shared widely. They say in my language, Punjabi/Gurmukhi that the more you share what you have, the sweeter it becomes for all and if you hoard it, then it is bitter. Being selfish never works.
    Thanks for sharing.

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