The unemployed swimming instructor who can’t afford to pay for his teaching licence said his “faith in humanity had been restored” after readers of The Sydney Morning Herald offered him financial support.
Bertin Huynh lost his job in the pandemic. Credit:Steven Siewert
Bertin Huynh, who featured on the front of Tuesday’s paper, receives the coronavirus supplement on top of the JobSeeker payment, which will be cut by another $100 a fortnight from Friday. The Kingsford resident lost his job as a swimming teacher after the pandemic hit, and said he couldn’t afford to renew his swimming instructor licence.
Patris Fudeh said she would pay for Mr Huynh’s licence and offered him a job as a swimming instructor for her 10 and 12-year-old sons after reading his story.
“He seems like a nice young man and has been quite sensible with his future planning, and I just thought it would be nice for me or our family to reach out and see if we can support him with work or obviously paying for his swimming licence,” Mrs Fudeh said.
Mrs Fudeh said while her family has “struggled a little bit” through the pandemic, they have “been blessed” to stay employed and wanted to give back to the community.
“I just felt how brave he would have been to step up and put himself into the paper and give his own personal story, which not a lot of people have the courage to do,” she said.
Another reader, who requested her name be withheld, also offered to pay for Mr Huynh’s swimming fee and said he seemed like a kind person.
“[Teaching swimming] is a really important job … and it’s something that you have to be quite passionate to do,” she said. “One day he might be in a position to do the same thing, and that’s what it’s all about, trying to be kind and trying to give to people who need it.”
Mr Huynh said he had received many messages of support and offers of financial help.
“I'm really touched by the generosity,” he said. He has declined to accept any money but says it has inspired him to find work.
“I don't feel comfortable accepting so much kindness, it's really overwhelming and it gives me so much motivation to find a job in my field,” Mr Huynh said.
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