Lo­cals step in to aid truck driver

The Citizen (KZN) - - World -

– An Ira­nian driver who was stranded af­ter his truck broke down in Poland re­ceived a help­ing hand from lo­cals who launched a crowd-fund­ing ini­tia­tive for a new truck to take him home.

By Fri­day morn­ing, the ap­peal on the website zrzutka.pl had drawn more than 250 000 zlo­tys (about R928 000) in do­na­tions for Fardin Kazemi.

The self-em­ployed driver was forced to sleep in his Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional 9670 truck af­ter it broke down in early De­cem­ber near the south­ern city of Czesto­chowa af­ter trav­el­ling 5 550 kilo­me­tres.

Lo­cals pro­vided him with food and a roof over his head a few days af­ter the ve­hi­cle broke down.

“I am very thank­ful to the great Pol­ish na­tion for [their] hos­pi­tal­ity,” Kazemi said.

He was de­liv­er­ing raisins to Poland and was sup­posed to con­tinue on to the Czech Repub­lic to pick up goods to im­port to Iran, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia.

Af­ter his story hit the in­ter­net, Pol­ish truck-driv­ers joined forces to help him re­pair the ve­hi­cle, and when that proved im­pos­si­ble, they de­cided to crowd-fund him a new one.

A re­place­ment was found on Thurs­day but its seller DAF Trucks pulled out at the last minute for fear of be­ing af­fected by US sanc­tions against Iran.

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