Human sacrifice comes in many forms. It can be seen in the bravery of a fireman risking his life to save a child from a burning building or a policeman running into the fray to help civilians in need. South Africans were shown one such touching deed when a girl from Bela-Bela decided to help another girl and lose out on earning a medal.
With all the negative news bombarding South Africans every day, it is easy to forget the meaning of the word Ubuntu.
But then we see someone reaching out to their fellow human and our faith in humanity reawakens.
Kaila Germishuizen took part in an athletic event but during the race, she helped a student from another school through the tough patches on the track.
The girls were part of an event that took place in Groblersdal. Before the race, Kalia's excitement about being part of the race led to her parents buying her new shoes, especially for the event.
The race covered a track of 2km, and when Thinus van der Heever, who is involved with the cross country team of Laerskool Warmbad, noticed Kalia wasn't near the finish line when she should have been, he went looking for her.
What he found moved him to tears.
Kalia was helping another little girl who was from a different school - because the track had spots with thorns and the girl was running barefoot.
When Thinus reached Kalia, tears were flowing down her cheeks because she wasn't allowed to carry the girl, Sephokwane. It broke Kalia's heart that Sephokwane had to run through the thorns.
Thinus told Kalia she could choose. She could finish the race or help the girl. Kalia immediately turned back and helped Sephokwane.
This beautiful act of humanity is what Ubuntu is all about.
Goodthingsguy reported that after the story was shared on social media, little Sephokwane has received brand new shoes.
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