On August 15th 2015, Alex found a wallet at a bus stop on the way home from work. Inside the wallet was in his words (on Facebook) '$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$', as well as welfare cheques and food cards. Now, I've only been fortunate enough to know Alex for a couple of years, but in that short space of time I've discovered exactly how selfless, kind and warm hearted this big 6ft 5 guy is, and in a world where people are constantly losing their moral compass, his is always firmly pointing towards the right thing to do. What is even more amazing is that he is so good natured despite the adversity that life has thrown at him.
Despite having to cycle and bus almost 1 hour each way to get to work every day, and living month to month for most of the year, Alex has always found time to help others. Every week he volunteers as a fitness coach for disabled kids in Woodinville, Washington, as well as helping friends whenever in need.
It would have been easy for Alex to have simply pocketed the cash in the wallet, and I'm sure many people with bigger bank accounts and nice cars probably would have, however...Alex decided to make it a personal mission to track down the owner of the wallet and return it to him. So after traveling for an hour on the bus to an address found in the wallet to find that the owner no longer lives there, and a number of phone calls to track the owner down, he finally managed to return the wallet after 4-5 days of playing detective with all of the original money and cards inside.
Like I said, not only is it commendable that despite the opportunity to make a bit of extra money that would certainly have made it an easy month for him, Alex still did the right thing and then on top of that he used his own time and effort to go above and beyond to find the owner and personally hand it over to them. Its for this reason where Alex showed us that there is still a lot of good selfless people out there willing to do the right thing, that I would like to try and raise a bit of extra money for him to say 'Thank you for showing us that there are still good people out there'.