BIG hair, BIG heart aka INCOGNITO
The English idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” is a metaphorical phrase that means one shouldn’t prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone. Fortunately for Garreth Le Roux, what you see is what you will get. Garreth has big hair and it’s no coincidence that he also has a big heart. At Gearhouse, he is best known as the Audio technician and outside of work, he is a Philanthropist.
Garreth describes himself as a passionate person, go getter and someone that resists the things that could be found everywhere. If he’s not at work, he enjoys switching off his phone, chilling in the mountains, swimming in rivers and dams, and watching Live shows setup.
Garreth started a food drive initiative whereby he feeds the homeless and needy in his community on his birthday. Initially, he planned on making 300 meals but got challenged to prepare for 1000. He drove around his community in Cape Town looking for homeless people and the needy. He catered to people in the local hospital, subway, street corners, under the bridge and was even led to an informal settlement at the foot of the Cape mountain with plenty of hungry people. In 2020, Garreth plans on growing the food drive to feed 5000 people paired with a clothing drive.
When asked what motivated him to start such a wonderful charitable gift, he says” Every year birthday parties can be extravagant, they become expensive and you find out that the people who were celebrating with you last year might not feel the same way about you this year. That’s dead weight much like split ends, you don’t need any of that negativity in your life, you’ve got to cut it. Having said that, I cut some of those people out and decided to feed the homeless and needy with the money I would’ve spent entertaining people”.
It is evident that Garreth has a big heart, and love for his people. Having a Christian background, love and kindness come easily to him. He says, “It is in the nature of God to be kind, forgiving, loving and relational; kindness means love with its work boots on”.
Garreth is inspired by seeing completely random strangers smiling because of receiving love and affection; the dude in the wheelchair playing the guitar every morning when you get out of the bus; the lady who sits at the robot and the guy who dropped out of school to look after his younger siblings. He believes that everyone deserves a seat at the table.
A quote that he lives by is “If one day you get an opportunity to ride on the Presidents jet, don’t ask which seat, just get on
Written by: Maria Matjomane
Nov 8, 2019