news Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 05:30

 

Harman Singh, the 22-year-old Sikh man living in New Zealand who broke religious protocol by removing his turban to cradle a boy hit by a car, was pleasantly surprised when he received a gift from a furniture chain store recently. 

Singh was praised for his act and, according to media reports, a television channel in New Zealand went to his home to interview him. The crew noticed that Singh barely had any furniture in his house. 

The channel then approached Big Save Furniture which decided to surprise Singh by gifting him furniture for his apartment. 

"It is the biggest surprise of my life," a teary eyed Singh said. 

 

A picture of Singh removing his turban to help the injured boy had turned him into an instant hero, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The boy was going to school with his sister when the accident happened. The accident happened outside his house in Takanini, South Auckland, on Friday morning.

Singh has since received hundreds of Facebook herograms from the US, Europe and India, he said. His story has been shared tens of thousands of times on social media.

Singh, 22, from India, is in Auckland studying a business course. His act was considered a hugely significant because it breaks strict religious protocol.

He was overwhelmed at the number of messages of support from around the globe. "Total strangers are asking to be friends on Facebook and thousands of people have said 'Well done'. I was only doing what I had to and trying to be a decent member of the community."

Singh did not know the injured boy but hoped to hear from his family about his progress.

With inputs from IANS

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