Zeki rides to res­cue after face­book plea

Stockport Times West - - BUSINESS - LAURA CON­NOR

AS­TU­DENT biker rushed to a sick stranger’s res­cue by col­lect­ing her med­i­ca­tion after spot­ting her des­per­ate plea on Face­book.

Manch­ester Univer­sity his­tory stu­dent Zeki AlKhishali sped all the way from his Stock­port home to Manch­ester city cen­tre, where he picked up the tablets, be­fore trans­port­ing them to Jo­lene Oliver, in Wythen­shawe.

Mum-of-one Jo­lene sent out a plea on the Face­book group ‘ FOR SALE OR SWAP IN STOCK­PORT’, which she helps man­age, ask­ing if any­one could help pick up her tablets.

Zeki, 23, quickly of­fered his help as Jo­lene’s car had bro­ken down and she faced im­me­di­ate side ef­fects with­out her med­i­ca­tion.

“He is one of a kind,” said Jo­lene, what is train­ing to be a teacher in ‘mind­ful­ness’, a form of treat­ment for men­tal health prob­lems which in­volves med­i­ta­tion and breath­ing ex­er­cises.

“I have got a lit­tle boy and it was all run­ning through my head what would hap­pen if I didn’t get my med­i­ca­tion. But Zeki saved the day.”

Zeki, who joined the Face­book group to try to sell his brother’s mo­tor­bike, quickly replied to the post and was al­ready in his leathers by the time Jo­lene sent over her ad­dress.

As he trav­elled to her house, Jo­lene, 37, said she could have ‘cried at the act of hu­man kind­ness’.

“I thought post­ing on the group would be a long shot,” she said.

“So I thought it might have been a joke when he first came for­ward. But it wasn’t. He is an in­cred­i­ble per­son.”

De­spite nearly 150 peo­ple writ­ing mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions to Zeki for his kind deed, the hum­ble phi­lan­thropist said he was just try­ing to help out some­one in need.

“I am ab­so­lutely blown away by the mes­sages,” he said.

“It’s funny be­cause all the posts on the group are about sell­ing toast­ers and so­fas and clothes – but this woman gen­uinely just needed some help.

“She was clearly over the moon. I don’t think any­one has been so happy to see me in all my life.”

And Zeki isn’t a stranger to help­ing oth­ers – he has re­cently just started vol­un­teer­ing for the Blood Bikes Manch­ester, a char­ity which trans­ports blood, platelets, vac­cines and any other ur­gent med­i­cal sup­plies to hos­pi­tals.

“I be­lieve in karma and I just hope I have passed on this mes­sage of good will,” he said.

Jo­lene Oliver with biker Zeki Al-Khishali who col­lected her pre­scrip­tion from Manch­ester after Jo­lene’s Face­book ap­peal

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