It wasn’t a bird, it wasn’t a plane, and it wasn’t really Superman – it was a Delta resident named Sean Bindra who decided to mark his 29th birthday by spreading a little joy to others while wearing a cape.
Bindra – aka Superman for a day – donned the distinct blue-and-red outfit on Wednesday (June 8) and visited several spots in Surrey, Delta and Vancouver in a initiative he called “We Can All Be Super Heroes.”
Rather than focus on himself for his birthday (which is today, June 9), Bindra wanted to give back to the community.
“I believe the best gift anyone can receive is the gift of happiness you feel from making someone else smile,” he explained, saying his parents are his role models and super heroes as they always provided him with love and support.
Bindra kicked off his super hero duties with a stop at the Scott Road SkyTrain station (top left) Wednesday morning, where he was greeted by commuters with hugs and high-fives. He then went to Richardson Elementary School in North Delta (below left) to visit with students and hand out gifts of board games, sandbox toys and sports equipment.
Next on Superman’s itinerary was the Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre (bottom), where he helped serve lunch and danced with a few willing seniors. Then it was off to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for a visit, followed by a stop at the downtown office of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
In addition to spreading good cheer, Bindra spent $1,500 of his own money on donations for the various organizations along his route. Richardson Elementary received $500 worth of games and toys, and the hospital and CMHA received $500 each.
Bindra said he was overwhelmed by the positive responses he received from the hundreds of people along the way who thanked him for making them smile.
“It was the best birthday gift I could have had,” he said. “Money comes and goes, but creating positive memories like this lasts a lifetime.”
Bindra has deep roots in the community, having attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University for a decade and recently landing a job with the City of Surrey. He urges others to “go out there and be a super hero and let’s all do our part to make this community even more beautiful than it already is.”
When asked what he has planned for his 30th birthday, Bindra grins.
“Maybe I’ll be Batman.”