If you are in Newfoundland and recently
purchased a duffel bag from winners and you may be able to make amends Christmas
miracle come true now this is the duffel bag in question and Leonard Mawora is a
St. John student from Zimbabwe he bought it as he was getting ready to
return home for the holidays he placed his passport inside before deciding that
he no longer needed the bag and then he returned the back to the store
forgetting that the passport was still inside. When he went back to winners the
bag was no longer there so we’ve got Leonard on the line now joining us from
St. John’s. Leonard where do you think your passport is right now? I still feel like the passport is still in the bag because I’ve searched I’ve been searching since Saturday last week and
I still haven’t found anything yet now Now, this is kind of an odd story but there’s
also a very significant reason why you need your passport back. Tell everyone at
home why you need to get back home. I need it to go for a funeral and I have a brother who’s also getting married and also needed spend time Christmas with my family. That’s another thing. So you’ve got a funeral to attend a sadly you’ve got a wedding to
attend and of course you’d like to spend Christmas with your family. Yeah. So, if
you don’t get that passport in the next couple of days what happens? If I don’t
get it now, it’s me against the time now because school is opening soon right so
that means if I don’t get it maybe before Christmas now another option
would be now I go to Ottawa and apply for another one which I don’t know how lond it’s going to take to get a new one. Right. Well, maybe they could
speed up the process for you considering what’s going on but in the meantime have
you had any calls any tips anybody coming forward? No one nothing yet
nothing yet I’m just still waiting I’m waiting maybe after Christmas to
see if maybe someone is gonna get that bag as a gift maybe there’ll realize
there’s a passport in there. Yeah and you know maybe they’re watching the story
right now. I hope they’ll remember it come Christmas Day. Yeah.
Leonard when you realized the passport was gone what went through your mind?
I, you know, like at that point I thought I was actually dreaming. At first I was like I searched that whole house. Then I
couldn’t find it then I had to go like two minutes and I’m thinking maybe the
bag is still there at Winners. Then when I came back that’s when I actually realized that yeah I don’t have this passport. I’m sure that passport is in that bag
and now I started panicking and I don’t know because I was about four hours to
board my flight so I didn’t know what to do. And when’s the flight? The
flight was last week Sunday so I miss now and I to to cancel like the ticket.
Did you get the money back? Yeah but with WestJet like I cancelled one one thousand two
hundred together they only gave me about $300. Oh man, it’s just one hit after the
next okay and when you told your family about
losing the passport what did they say? They were heartbroken because they really
wanted me to come. They were looking forward to spending Christmas with me
but you know the hardest part for them I guess was just accepting that I’m not
coming back home or maybe I only come back when I get this passport. But you’ve
got some celebrity on side helping you Rick Mercer has tweeted out your story
did that get more attention? Yeah, cause I was looking at his post. It got more attention. I saw a lot of people sharing it. And I really appreciate everyone who shared and everyone whose been trying to help.
If you don’t get that passport in time who are you gonna spend Christmas with? I don’t know yet because I’ve had like a few families inviting me for Christmas. Oh good. So I’m still I’m still to
decided where I’m gonna spend Christmas but this year is gonna be different.