THE other day I went to the shop near my office to buy lunch.
There’s a man there who is always at the entrance asking everyone who passes by for a kina. I see him almost every working day.
It was lus wik [off-pay week] for government employees and I had only K20 left in my pocket to tide me over Enough to buy rice, lamb stew and a can of coke with some change for buai and cigarettes.
As usual, the man put out his hand and asked for a kina. I’ve donated to his cause many times before but this time was annoyed and told him harshly, ‘Oi, mi no wok moni blo yu!’ before giving him a kina.
You have the liberty to judge if I did right or wrong. Sometimes our good intentions are misunderstood by people and they continue asking us for money as if it grows on trees.
On Sunday, the new MP for Madang, Bryan Kramer (pictured), posted on his Facebook page, ‘Kramer Report’, that he was donating his settling-in cash of K5,000 from Parliament to a person in Madang whose family member was in need of urgent medical treatment and unable to afford it.
Some months ago, Alotau MP and now deputy prime minister Charles Abel posted pictures of himself and his family visiting patients at Alotau General Hospital with food and gifts.
We are all different and have different perceptions. The man at the shop isn’t my relative but love is the only bond that keeps a country of a thousand tribes, tongues and cultural beliefs together. I applaud the two leaders for their acts of kindness.
There are thousands of ways we can make our country a better place. Small acts of kindness go a long way.
Every single thing we do can make a difference in someone’s life.