The moving photo of nine-year-old Clarence “Boeta” Basson has been widely shared on Facebook, and inspired a group of active citizens to rally together.
On May 14, young Boeta was captured cleaning gutters on the sidewalks in Helderberg and the viral posts has led to many positive responses.
To date, the post has been shared over 5 200 times and led to more than 4 000 likes and reactions.
Organiser Nino Messina has since created a Facebook page called Boetas Buddies to help garner support for Boeta and help uplift the greater Helderberg community.
We're trying to focus on him first, and then from there we are going to move over to the community.— Nino Messina, Boetas Buddies organiser
Messina says there were several comments on the state of Boetas shoes which sparked the effort to help.
Boetas Buddies have provided the young boy with a new bicycle, shoes, toiletries other items.
Boeta's grandmother and guardian, Johanna Benjamin says the nine-year-old has always had a selfless attitude.
She says that he is involved in school recycling, and enjoys keeping active, helping others and maintaining cleanliness.
He sees the dirt around and he just wants to clean.— Johanna Benjamin, Boeta's grandmother and guardian
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