Godfrey you’ve made our day.
It’s being hailed as the image that has won the Internet – the actions of a hero.
And it sure does restore your faith in humanity.
The photo of a student holding the hand of a special needs man has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of people around the world – and made many more question would they do the same thing? Or step away?
21-year-old Godfrey Coutto from Hamilton, near Toronto in Canada was on the local bus last week when he was approached by middle aged man who shook his hand.
The young student said the man, named Robert wrapped his arms around him, shook his hand and didn’t let go.
He told Global News that at first he was taken aback.
“I was like, ‘Yo, what’s going on? Am I getting pranked or something?” I wasn’t. I looked at him [and realised] he’s special needs,” Coutto said.
Robert, a middle aged man who has cerebral palsy and is deaf continued to hold Godfrey’s hand.
Godfrey said at first he was concerned but he then realised the man was just communicating in his own way.
“This was my first time encountering such a thing. I was obviously freaked out but I tried to understand his position,” said Coutto.
“I thought, you know what, I’m just going to allow it. I’ll let him do his thing. I’ll comfort him.’”
During the entire 30-minute bus journey Robert held and kissed his hand, and hugged and leaned against him and Godfrey allowed him. He didn’t evade his grip or shirk awkwardly. He sat there in a position that how many of us would remain in?
It mades you wonder…
Godfrey didn’t do it for glory or thanks – or social media “viral” fame he did it because he knew it could help Robert.
The only reason we know of Godfrey’s gesture of kindness is that a fellow passenger took a photo of the two men and shared it on a local Facebook page.
The simple act of kindness liked and celebrated more than 40,000 times.