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Zimbabwe Grandmother Walked Six Miles To Donate To Cyclone Survivors

By Victoria M. Walker

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After Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi in March, nonprofits, government agencies, and individuals stepped up to help.

But one woman was determined to help in any way she could. And a Zimbabwean billionaire took notice.

Plaxedes Dilon, a 71-year-old grandmother, reportedly walked six miles carrying clothing and household items in an effort to provide relief to survivors, according to CNN. After the disaster, she donated clothes she sells for a living, according to local news outlets.

“I immediately packed the clothes and jackets that I earlier purchased for resell and carried my bag … the following morning,” Dilon told ZimLive.

We’ve a problem these days. A lot of people, especially Christians, think pastors are the only ones that should be helped,” Dilon said. “They believe that giving should only be done to those who are in their religious circles. However, in the Bible, it is written in Matthew 25 verse 45 that ‘whatever you did to the least of my brothers, you did it unto me’.”

Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa said that he would build Dilon a house “anywhere she wants.” He also said that he’d give her a monthly allowance of $1,000 for the rest of her life.


Masiyiwa is a Zimbabwean businessman and philanthropist who founded a telecommunications company.

“What she did is one of the most remarkable acts of compassion I have ever seen!” Masiyiwa wrote in a Facebook post.

Nearly 500 people have died as a result of the cyclone, according to The Washington Post.

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Victoria M. Walker

Victoria M. Walker is an award-winning multimedia journalist and full-time lecturer in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at her alma mater, Howard University. She was previously the breaking news and viral content video editor at The Washington Post.

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