A Cape Town hero who was thrown off a moving train and may never walk again has received global praise for his bravery in trying to help prevent other commuters from being robbed by several men. 27 year old Darryn August was on his way back from Somerset West (where he teaches homeless children) to Athlone when 9 men boarded his carriage at Firgrove station. The men started robbing passengers when August intervened to stop them. He was hit over the head with a crow bar, stabbed and thrown from the train where he collided with a tree and broke his spine. He lay there for 3 hours before being found by a maintenance worker.
His bravery spurned several campaigns to raise money and one in particular has already reached of R280 000 in donations.
The ‘Everest for August’ fund raiser was started by his friend Graeme Dale Kuys who pledged to cycle up and down the Steenbras viewpoint climb a total of 36 times to achieve a total elevation of 8848m..the height of Mt Everest.
When i checked this morning the fund had reached over R280 000 towards it’s R350 000 goal. Reading the comments from people who have donated is incredible.
That is amazing.
Get well soon Darryn.
UPDATE: the Everest for August fund raiser has reached it’s R350 000 goal within 3 days. They have now upped the goal to R500 000 and are already over R400k.