Locals step in to aid truck driver
– 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.