A Pennsylvania Uber driver’s dream of travelling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for his son. He wants to see his son compete in the Olympic Games. But, He has no enough money to go there to watch out his son’s performance. Now, his dream finally has come true due to a chance encounter with a passenger.
During an hour-long ride in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passenger Liz Willock and driver Ellis Hill had a long chat. Then he said about his son. Hill proudly explained that his son, Darrell Hill, would be representing Team USA in the shot put.
“When I told her about my son she was really amazed, but when she asked me if I was going over there to watch him, I said I really couldn’t afford it,” Hill told.
“It was devastating to hear that. Here’s this wonderful man who has a close relationship with his son and I know any parent would want to see their son or daughter compete at the Olympics, but it was very understandable how that could be out of reach,” Willock said.
Then Willock had an idea. She is a sales leader at a concierge service that arranges travel and accommodations for people seeking clinical trials around the world. she felt she had all the contacts and resources she needed to make Hill’s trip happen.
“She asked me, ‘If I could get you a ticket would you go?’ ” Hill recalls. “And I said, ‘Oh my goodness I don’t even know you. She said, No. I believe you and I were fated to meet and I’m going to try to make this happen’, ”Hill continues.
The pair exchanged information and the next day, Willock created a GoFundMe campaign with the goal of raising $7,500 to send Hill to Rio to cheer for his son.
The donations poured in and the campaign reached its goal in just two days. Hill was leaving the church when a local news station called to tell him he would be heading to Rio.
“I was ecstatic. I feel really grateful and overcome by the knowledge that there are good people out there,” Hill said.