$100 ice cream ges­ture scores big

Otago Daily Times - - Dunedin - JOHN LEWIS john.lewis@odt.co.nz

AN un­ex­plained act of kind­ness on a flight from Dunedin to Auck­land has left a group of Bal­macewen In­ter­me­di­ate pupils ask­ing: ‘‘Who was that man?’’

The school’s boys’ bas­ket­ball team was fly­ing to Tau­ranga ear­lier this week to com­pete in the AIMS Games, when a man went over to one of the boys with a $100 note.

The man told him it was for him to buy ice creams for his team­mates and wine for their mums.

Prin­ci­pal An­drew Hunter said he was stunned by the ges­ture.

The pupil tried to re­turn the money, but the man would not take it back, he said.

‘‘Go fig­ure.

‘‘Know­ing the boys, coaches and par­ents, they’re a re­ally lovely group of peo­ple and it doesn’t sur­prise me that some­one saw some merit in do­ing some­thing nice for them,’’ Mr Hunter said.

He wanted to thank ‘‘the gentle­man’’, not only for his ‘‘very kind ges­ture’’, but for help­ing the boys to learn an im­por­tant life les­son.

‘‘What it shows them is that if they weren’t kind and re­spect­ful, I doubt the gentle­man would have handed over the $100.

‘‘It’s all about re­lat­ing to peo­ple and be­ing re­spect­ful and nice.

‘‘Clearly the boys made an im­pres­sion.’’

He con­firmed the money bought ‘‘a re­ally good ice cream haul’’ for the boys.

The team had been work­ing hard to raise enough money to at­tend the games and had be­come a close­knit group as a re­sult, he said.

‘‘Tau­ranga is a very ex­pen­sive place to get to from Dunedin.

‘‘It’s the first time we’ve been able to af­ford to send a team to the AIMS Games in Tau­ranga.’’

The boys were think­ing about a way to ‘‘pay it for­ward’’ by do­ing some­thing nice for oth­ers in the com­mu­nity, he said.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Mem­bers of the Bal­macewen In­ter­me­di­ate sports team en­joy an ice cream at the AIMS Games in Tau­ranga, cour­tesy of a mys­tery man and his do­na­tion of $100 dur­ing the team’s flight north.

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