A Turkish gym has been applauded for offering 12-year-old Syrian refugee a free lifetime membership after a photo of him staring through its window went viral.
In a photograph that went viral, Muhammet Halit was seen wearing sandals and carrying his shoe polishing gear gazing longingly at the equipment inside in the southeastern province of Adiyaman.
The owner of the gym saw the picture and offered the boy, who works as a shoe polisher, an all-access pass to use the facility.
Muhammet Halit was seen gazing longingly at the equipment inside in the southeastern province of Adiyaman in a photograph that swept around Turkey. He is pictured here wearing sandals and carrying his shoe polishing gear
Muhammet fled the brutal civil war in Syria and was pictured with the gym owner Engin Doğan.
The owner told Hurriyet News: ‘A boy, looking through the gym window, wearing slippers in the middle of winter and carrying his backpack.
‘Our aim was to find him and offer him a lifetime membership here. And, we did it. He is one of our members now.’
Both of them posed up for a photograph inside the fitness centre and Muhammet was pictured using the weights machines.
The youngster was thrilled when reporters came down to the gym to interview the proprietor and his newest member. Here he is pictured on the weights
When the reporters came to the gym to interview the proprietor and his newest member, the youngster was thrilled.
‘He found me and helped me,’ the teenager told the Turkish news outlet.
‘I had always dreamed of losing weight and now I believe I can do that by working out.’