The Sikh man who conquered the hearts of people around the world when he removed his turban to help save a boy’s life has been rewarded for his selfless act after a business owner donated new furniture for his bare apartment.
Harman Singh, 22, took off his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a five-year-old child who had been struck while walking to school in Auckland, New Zealand.
The touching story quickly went viral and made the Indian student, who is studying a business in Auckland, a widely recognized, though humble, hero. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Harman Singh was reduced to tears when a business owner gave him new furniture for his bare home.
2. The business student slept on a mattress on the floor and only had a couple of plastic garden chairs in his lounge room.
When One News, a New Zealand television channel, visited Singh at his home in Auckland for an interview, they found that the entire furniture consisted of a mattress on the floor, a couple of plastic garden chairs and a small plastic table in his lounge room.
The TV station then decided to get in touch with Big Save Furniture store, which offered to furnish Singh’s apartment, much to his overwhelming surprise.
The man could not believe his eyes when a furniture van pulled over in his driveway and started to unload a lounge suite, bed and a coffee table.
3. Singh couldn’t believe his eyes when a van turned up and started unloading the furniture.
4. It’s a big step up for Singh from plastic garden chairs to a brand new lounge suite.
Overwhelmed by the generosity, Singh only managed to say “thank you, I’m very happy” and then he started crying. He admitted that it was “the biggest surprise of my life”.
Speaking about his father, who died last year, Singh said:
If he could see me right now — he would be proud of me.
To complete the good news, four days after the accident, the boy Singh helped save is making a good recovery, apart from a few scratches and bruises.
5. New Zealand student Harman Singh broke strict religious code by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car.
On the day of the accident, Singh heard a noise outside his home and ran out to investigate, the NZ Herald reported. He said:
I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head.
I wasn’t thinking about the turban. I was thinking about the accident and I just thought, “He needs something on his head because he’s bleeding”. That’s my job — to help.
And I think anyone else would have done the same as me.
6. “I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head”, Singh said.
Singh and other passers-by remained with the boy until the ambulance arrived. Shortly after the accident, the child’s mother also arrived.
Another passer-by, Gagan Dhillon, said he was on his way to work when he saw the accident and pulled over to help. He said:
There was enough help as there was, but being a Sikh myself, I know what type of respect the turban has. People just don’t take it off — people die over it.
He didn’t care that his head was uncovered in public. He just wanted to help this little boy.
7. Singh said he has been overwhelmed by the praise and support he has received over the past few days.
Singh broke strict Sikh religious code by taking off his turban, however he was praised by people from across the world for his life-saving act.
Since the incident took place, Singh has received thousands of congratulatory messages and comments on his Facebook page. Ashleigh Garrett commented:
Great symbol of — we are all human beings. We have our individual beliefs, but at the end of the day to care for one another is key.
Another commenter wrote:
This is why I have high respect for the Sikhism faith. Awesome job mate!
Yet another user commented:
Humanity before religion. Nice one buddy.
8. Singh, 22, is a student living in Auckland and studying to get a business degree.
Singh said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of praise. He said:
Thousands of people have said “well done”. I was only doing what I had to and trying to be a decent member of the community.
Thanks to all who messages, calls… thanks all the worldwide Facebook members who messaged me. I think i just did my job nothing else.
9. “Sikh Samaritan” receives brand new furniture for his home.
Source: NZ Herald.
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