Good samaritans are not a myth. A group of walkers at Anna University proved that on Saturday.
When a few walkers saw a woman and a young girl asking people for directions, some of them approached the duo to offer help. On enquiring, the walkers found out that the mother and the daughter were in the wrong city.
R. Swathi, who had scored 1,017 marks in her Plus Two, came with her mother Thangaponnu, a shepherd from their hometown of Musiri in Tiruchi. While they were to be at the Anna Arangam Tamil Nadu Agriculture University in Coimbatore on August 8 for a counseling session ahead of the admissions process, they landed up at Anna University in Chennai by mistake. However, Swathi and her mother's story had a happy ending, thanks to some of the walkers.
In a Facebook post, that has gone viral now, with nearly 15,000 shares, one of the walker's friend posted the entire incident.
The girl and her mother had given up hope of making it to the counselling session in time. However, help came in the most unexpected form. Flight tickets, conveyance and even breakfast were arranged for the women by a walking group called 'Twalkers'.
“They were asked to come to Anna Arangam, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore, but they reached Anna University by mistake,” M. Saravanan, a former student of College of Engineering, Guindy and a member of the walking group told The Hindu.
The walking group members decided to share the cost of Rs 10,500 for the flight tickets.
The sponsor of the flight tickets transported them by 8:15 am to board the 10:05 am Coimbatore flight. Arrangements were made to pick them up at Coimbatore airport. They reached the University counseling centre by 12:15 pm.
"We took off at 10.05 a.m., landed at 11.28 a.m. and in the next hour we had the admission letter on our hands. It was a miracle," Swathi told The Hindu.
Swathi is now enrolled in a Bachelor of Science programme in bio technology in the Anna Arangam University in Coimbatore.
According to the report, the mother-daughter duo plan to visit Chennai again to return the money for the flight tickets as a gesture of gratitude.