Syrian shoeshiner gets lifetime gym membership following viral pic


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A young Syrian refugee living in Turkey was gifted a lifetime membership at his local gym after a photo of him gazing through the window at the fitness equipment went viral.

Mohammed Khaled, 12, who works as a shoeshiner in Adiyaman province, southern Turkey, was pictured staring at the gym’s window, with his shoe shiner’s stool strapped to his back.  Soon after the picture got uploaded and went viral, gym owner Engin Dogan tracked the boy down and offered him an all-access pass to the facility.

Mohammed who weighs 89 kg told the news agency Anadolu he was pleased with opportunity.

“he found me and helped me. I had always dreamed of losing weight and now I believe I can do that by working out” the teenager said.

Mustafa Kucukkaya, one of the center’s owners, said, “The image touched me very much because we came from nothing and we did not have such a gym in our time. The Turkish people are very sensitive and I am very touched, I think we are doing something very good.”

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