Food Truck Owner Gets £40,000 Donations In 24 Hours After Trailer Was Torched By Racist
Just days ago David OlaLekan Kamson was running his business from a food trailer and now he's shared a video walking over the burnt remains, following what police are treating as a racially aggravated attack:
David invested £3,000 ($3,800) on the catering truck then paid an extra £430 ($547) to move it from Kent to Moston, in Manchester. This was money he had saved up over an almost four year period.
According to his GoFundMe, all he wanted to do was 'support his family and cater to his community', but on 21 September, David claims a man drove past him hurling racial abuse, telling him: "Black immigrants come in Moston to do business like they own it."
Then when David went to his local Post Office yesterday (23 September), he was notified that the arson attack had taken place - leaving David heartbroken.
But now, the local community and beyond may have given David a reason to smile once again because in just 24 hours an incredible £40,000 ($50,800) has been raised to get him back on his feet.
David - who lives in Moston, Manchester - has now thanked everyone who donated for 'restoring his hope in life', admitting that he was 'devastated' when he saw his food truck had been burned to the ground.
In a video posted to his GoFundMe page, he said: "Thank you all for donating over £40,000 in less than 24 hours. Wow. God bless you all.
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"I am going to promise you one thing... I'm going to promise that the money from the community will serve this community back. I will make sure I provide good and better quality service and food to you people, and I will also make sure that people who cannot get much can come to me and I will feed you."
He concluded the video by saying: "Peace and love, we spread it all. Let love be your guidance, don't let racism take over anything. Just preach love and show love."
Replying to David, one person wrote: "Good things are coming your way and karma is coming his way." Another added: "How heartless does a person need to be to do this!! Say no to racism!"
Here's to David's almighty comeback. Stay tuned. To donate and support David click here.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police told LADbible: "Police were called by the fire service at around 1.50am on Tuesday 22 September 2020 to a report of a fire involving a mobile catering kitchen on Pym Street, Moston, Manchester
"There were no reports of injuries.
"The incident is being treated as racially aggravated criminal damage.
"Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/mostonsuya