On 20 July, around 16:00, I was walking out of the Whale Coast Mall (Nedbank entrance) when a gust of wind blew me off my feet and I landed a few metres away, in the road. I was totally stunned. What could have been a most unpleasant incident, however, turned into a positive experience.

I am grateful to all the people who helped me: the security personnel, staff members, medics, Mall management and passers-by. I thought I could go home, but was told that best I go for a check-up at the Hermanus Provincial Hospital, because I was bleeding from my head. The two ambulance men and the hospital staff, nurses and doctor, were amazing – what a caring attitude.

Michael Bayer helped me, ensuring that everything was all right, nothing lost, and chatted to me all the time, which helped me to relax. After four stitches to my head, and hoping that everything was all right, Michael told the hospital that he would take me home. He phoned a friend, Sean, to pick up my car at the Mall. I was home by 19:00.

I am so fortunate to have met all these amazing people, and would like to thank them for caring and being so helpful, just being nice, being human. I felt proud to be part of the Rainbow Nation, thanks to all of you. What I have also learnt is that I am not going to play the Wizard of Oz; I would rather fly with an airplane.

Thank you all so very much.

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