Durban's Father Christmas turns one man's trash into a kid's treasure

Durban's Father Christmas turns one man's trash into a kid's treasure

Shiven Gopi may just be Durban’s answer to Father Christmas and the 31-year-old has a plan to bring smiles to many underprivileged children this festive season.

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The festive season is famed for goodwill and joy – the season for giving.

Shiven Gopi epitomises this spirit with his noble ambition to introduce toys to many underprivileged children this December.

The Durban man has called on the public to donate old toys to “Shiven’s workshop” to enable him to repair and transform them into something new.

His workshop is based at his home as he fixes old toys on his dining room table.

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Following his social media appeal, Gopi’s house is now flooded with donated toys.

Using his expertise in electronics, Gopi is now using his skills to pay it forward and contribute towards his community.

News 24 reported that Gopi is employed as a electronic quality engineer, which only leaves him some time in the evenings and weekends to work on the toy repairs.

Upon reaching his deadline, he plans to dress up as Father Christmas and take the toys to various children’s homes.

Gopi said, "There are some kids who don't even know what a toy is. This is to show that at the end of the day, a simple act can go a long way." understands that the project won’t cease at the end of this year as Gopi plans to continue the initiative in 2019 with future toys that are donated to him.

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