Plaxedes “Gogo” Dilon always walks miles for her job as a clothing saleswoman. Everyday she wakes up before dawn to travel across Zimbabwe to sell clothes.

After hearing about the storm affecting Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique — she wanted to pursue anything to help those affected.

Immediately, Dillon filled a bag with kitchen supplies and clothes (she initially intended to resell) and gave it all to a disaster relief area.

Penniless and unable to afford bus fare, she walked 10 miles to bring the supplies to Highlands Presbyterian Church in Harare. There, numerous volunteers have been assisting in relief efforts for thousands displaced.

After Dilon brought the supplies, church members took a photo of Dilon with the bag balanced on her head and posted it to social media. The church stated she was not able to afford bus fare and walked a long way.

Once the photo was posted, it caught the attention of Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa, who promised Dilon a home anywhere in Zimbabwe with running water and solar power, as well as $1,000 per month.

“What she did is one of the most remarkable acts of compassion I have ever seen,” wrote Masiyiwa. “When this is over, I’m going to find her, and invite her to come and see me, if possible. Then I will spend time in prayer with her. “

Masiyiwa’s company is helping those affected by the cyclone and continues to be pleased by Dilon’s generous act.

“I admire people who are moved to act in a crisis! God bless you if you are moved to act as she did,” he wrote. “It is not about how much you have.”

Other countries and relief organizations worldwide have been offering support and aid for the cyclone victims in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique, where more than 750 were estimated to have been killed by the cyclone.

Dilon, a great-grandmother of nine and a widow of 11 years, has expressed her appreciation of her reward. When asked about her kind act, she said it is the act of being a human being that drew her to help. “Being able to feel each other’s pain and to carry each other’s burden is what makes humanity great and better than other species,” the granny told The Sunday Mail with a smile. “What you give out in the world is what you receive back.”


Chiara Elena will plan to graduate in May 2019 with a B.S. in English: Journalism and minors in writing and biblical studies. She has written for Corban University's "Hilltop News" and the Odyssey Online. When she is not writing articles, she adores writing short stories and poetry. She is also working on a novel right now. When not writing, she enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, walks on the beach, adventuring, making music, giving back to special needs children and those experiencing homelessness, and spending time with family and friends.