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DELTA — This week’s Hidden Hero was actually quite visible.
In fact, Delta’s Sean Bindra was almost impossible to miss on his 29th birthday.
Bindra spent June 8th dressed as Superman, visiting various spots through Surrey, spreading smiles, good will and even some cash.
“I thought it would be something new and exciting for the community, something you don’t see every day,” he said. “And I thought it would be a nice way to spark change.”
Bindra, who works for the City of Surrey, called his day-long initiative “We can all be Super Heroes.”
(PHOTO: Sean Bindra, AKA Superman, hugs a morning commuter at Scott Road SkyTrain station on June 8. See more photos below.)
He started his day of giving at the Scott Road SkyTrain station, where he gave morning commuters a cheerful start to their day.
“When people laid their eyes on me, you would see a big glow on their face,” he said. “People were laughing, people were smiling, people were excited. People who may have been stressed… It completely shifted their mood and got them being very excited about the rest of their day.”
From there, Bindra stopped by at Richardson Elementary in Delta, where he visited more than 300 children in 11 different classes, delivering about $500 in gifts and presents like board games, sandbox toys, sports equipment and game balls.
“Right when I would walk in the classroom door, the kids would start screaming, Superman! Superman!’” he said. “Instantly, their faces would light up and they would come running up to me.
“It was very magical.”
He then stopped at Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre in Delta, and the Canadian Mental Health Association (where he donated $500). At both places, Bindra says there were just about as many hugs as there were photos.
“It was really special.”
But Bindra said the highlight of the day was his visit to B.C. Children’s Hospital, where he donated another $500.
“The kids at the hospital, they’re the true heroes,” he said. “For them to smile through their pain, it’s really inspiring and magical. It makes you see life from a new perspective.
“To know that I helped cheer up their day, it’s the best birthday gift that I could receive.”
Bindra, who says he’s always been a “big community guy,” says he got his super power of giving from his parents.
“My parents have lived a life in which they have been extremely generous in giving love and support to their peers,” he said.
“They have lead by example and have taught me the importance of helping others. I have always tried my best to put a smile on the faces of those around me and I wish to continue doing this for the rest of my life. Through their love, support, and always being good role models to me, my parents are my Super Heroes.”
PHOTOS BY MARK LEWIS