People will surprise you…
I was on the south
coast of England for a wedding and, on my way home, I took a
taxi from Southampton to the local airport at Eastleigh. It
takes about twenty minutes and I can’t stand sitting in silence
for twenty minutes so I struck up a conversation with the taxi
driver. You can learn quite a lot in that short time if you want
to listen. My driver’s name was Tariq; originally from Pakistan
he had been in England for quite a while and he was very proud
of his brother who was now a doctor. This last came about,
literally, by accident since his brother broke his leg and
decided to take an exam whilst he was laid up.
In return I told
Tariq about my car accident, and then he asked me what I was
doing now so I told him about Armadale Community Trust and our
hopes of creating something in the town for the young people who
have nothing to do during the evenings.
minutes is quite a bit, but we then arrived at the airport. I
will never forget the amount on the meter as we got there.
It was £9.60.
I went fumbling
into my pockets for the money, but Tariq just raised his hand.
“I tell you what,”
he said, “take that money and put it into your trust.”
“Are you sure?” I
asked because I certainly wasn’t expecting such a gesture.
“In fact, here’s
another tenner. Maybe my kids can come to your town someday.”
certainly be welcome.
So, we have our
first funds. I hope we can build on them.