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Wheelchair-bound GrabFood rider showered with praise for persevering in spite of her difficulties

Shahril said he was at a loss for words when he found out that she had travelled all the way from Tampines to Bedok in a wheelchair and posted that she was an inspiration to everyone

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A wheelchair-bound GrabFood rider drew immense praise on social media yesterday after a customer shared his heartwarming encounter with her, in a Facebook post.

Facebook user Shahril Jantan shared that he had ordered bubble tea for his wife through GrabFood and waited for the order to be delivered from the restaurant in Tampines to his home in Bedok.

Shahril estimated that the trip would take about 10-12 minutes via car and under 15 minutes via bicycle or an e-scooter. He, however, ended up waiting for over 30 minutes.

Growing impatient, he followed the rider’s movement through the GrabFood mobile application. He shared: “As I watched the movement of the rider via the grab food app, it does seem to move much slower than I would have imagined. At times wondering is this rider walking over instead of via some other mode of transportation.

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“Finally, as the riders icon on the gps passed by my unit, I realised that he/she has missed the carpark entrance and got me even more agitated. I looked out my window, scanning my eyes from right to left when suddenly I saw something that left me in awe.”

Shahril spotted a woman wearing a GrabFood delivery bag making her way in a motorised wheelchair. Shahril rushed towards the rider, named Sumaiyah B, and asked her whether she really traveled all the way from Tampines to Bedok.

As Sumaiyah nodded and said yes, Shahril found himself getting emotional. Reining his emotions in, Shahril says he “quickly reached out for my wallet and pass her whatever cash I have in it. I was a little shocked, to be honest. I was lost for words.”

He added that the incident proved to be a teachable moment for him to share with his child. He wrote on Facebook: “Masya-Allah. The perseverance she showed to overcome the challenges being put on her. May Allah provide her with the strength, hope and rezeki and continue being the inspiration to other able-bodied people like you and me. Thank You Sumaiyah.”

Shahril’s post quickly went viral, garnering over 7,600 reactions and nearly 5,500 shares on social media within hours. Netizens responding to the post showered Sumaiyah with praise, admiring her persevering spirit in spite of her difficulties.

Read Shahril’s post in full here:

https://www.facebook.com/shahril.jantan.5/posts/10156134390110732

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