Aussie mental health activist praised for buying all of Bali street seller’s toys in uplifting video

A video of an Australian social media character shopping for up toys from an area vendor in Bali just lately went viral with many praising the act of kindness.

Self-described psychological well being activist Samuel Weidenhofer gained the Web’s hearts after importing the video final week on each his Instagram and TikTok accounts. Within the clip, Weidenhofer was proven approaching an area man on an unnamed avenue and asking him how a lot a toy prices.

“IDR30,000 [US$1.93],” mentioned the Indonesian.

Weidenhofer then mentioned he meant to purchase the entire vendor’s toys, to which the latter mentioned they might value IDR440,000 (US$28.27). Weidenhofer went past the asking worth and gave the vendor IDR3 million (US$192.78) for all of the toys. 

The vendor smiled from ear to ear and laughed earlier than hugging Weidenhofer and repeatedly thanked him. Weidenhofer, who was additionally all smiles, hugged him again. The clip ended with the toys being distributed to what seems to be an area orphanage.

In different clips, Weidenhofer was proven conducting social experiments that finish with him thanking locals with money. In a single situation, he sat down at an area warung (eatery) and advised the vendor that he had simply misplaced his pockets and had had a tough day however he wanted to eat. 

After the vendor advised Weidenhofer that he might eat there without spending a dime, he gave her IDR5 million (US$321) for her kindness. The girl initially declined the provide earlier than later tearfully and gratefully accepted the cash. Weidenhofer requested her how a lot she makes a month and she or he answered IDR1 million (US$64.26).

Weidenhofer appears to be on a campaign to assist locals in Bali. Absolutely conscious how severely the pandemic has battered the tourism-reliant island, he arrange a GoFundMe account as a fundraiser, citing plans to assist restaurant house owners, college students, and others.

Many netizens praised Weidenhofer in his movies, appreciating the kindness he shares and wishing him good luck for his future endeavors.

Weidenhofer’s deeds mirror what Zachery Dereniowski did in August, when he pretended to have sprained his ankle to an unassuming Balinese girl in Pandawa Seaside. She helped him with out anticipating any reward and was shocked when he gave her IDR5 million in money.

“I’ve by no means been to Bali… the place individuals are so loving, caring and compassionate, and I need to have the ability to showcase it [through the video],” Dereniowski advised Coconuts on the time.

Apparently, Dereniowski and Weidenhofer observe one another on Instagram.

Coconuts has reached out to Weidenhofer for remark.

Whereas some would possibly roll their eyes and shortly decide these clips to be perpetuating white savior complicated, the overwhelming response to them has been constructive as individuals usually recognize the hassle to unfold kindness no matter race.

Weidenhofer’s clips are definitely a breath of recent air in comparison with viral movies of foreigners doing dumb issues in Bali which were broadly reported by the media (not simply us, by the best way). On the finish of the day, these acts of kindness have to be recommended.

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