Back in 2015, Joyce Torrefranca, a medical student in Manila, was out to grab some takeout when she saw a kid trying hard to study under the light from a McDonald’s sign.Â
She took pictures of the kid and posted them to her Facebook page, and, in only a matter of minutes, the photos went viral – having been shared more than 9,000 times. The caption for the photos read ,’I got inspired by a kid.’
The 9-year-old boy studying in the street was Daniel Cabrera who had lost his home to a fire. After the photos went viral, donations started pouring in for him and his family. One such donation was a school scholarship for Cabrera. Not realising how big a role she’d played in changing the boy’s life, Torrefranco wrote in a status update, “I didn’t think that a simple photo could make a huge difference.”
A year later, an ad agency,Â Leo Burnett Manila reunited the two for a short film.
And, as expected, it was quite an emotional meeting. Today, Cabrera is happily living life as a third-grader and hopes to become a police officer some day.