India: A cup of tea changes delivery boy's life

Hyderabad - Post shared by customer helps raise funds to buy a motorbike for the boy who made deliveries on bicycle in the rains

By Web report

Published: Sat 19 Jun 2021, 5:36 PM

Last updated: Sat 19 Jun 2021, 5:37 PM

A rainy night in Hyderabad on Monday saw a drenched Mohammed Aqeel Ahmed on his bicycle outside an apartment block waiting to deliver ‘chai’ (tea) ordered from a restaurant by a customer. But those few minutes changed his life as well.

Robin Mukesh, who was working at home, ordered the tea from a restaurant in Lakdi ka Pul at 10pm. He got a call from Ahmed, who was waiting below his apartment, requesting him to collect the tea. “I was shocked and asked him if I could click his photo,” Mukesh told a newspaper.

“He allowed me to do so and I posted the photograph in our foodies’ group.”

The post went viral within hours with many people wanting to help Ahmed. R. Ravikanth Reddy of the Great Hyderabad Food and Travel Club on Facebook shared a fundraiser post about him on Tuesday.

“And when I woke up in the morning, the target of Rs65,800 (Dh3,259) for a two-wheeler was achieved,” said Mukesh.

Friday morning saw an overjoyed Ahmed get the keys and helmet for his new motorcycle, which will double his deliveries to 40 a day.

“We do charity on a different scale,” said Reddy.

“But this incident showed how members of a foodie group can quickly mobilise funds to help someone.”

A donor in the US saw the post and sent Rs30,000. “We exceeded the target,” added Reddy.


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