UC Berkeley student Egbert Villegas has won the Chris Kindness Award for his heroic actions in November 2022. While driving with his girlfriend, Nelly Elahmadie, the pair witnessed an SUV flip over on the freeway in Oakland. While other drivers passed the scene, Villegas stopped and ran to the overturned vehicle to help the driver and stayed until he believed the driver was OK. A first-generation pre-med student from Mexico, Villegas is the first UC Berkeley student to win the Chris Kindness Award, which recognizes random acts of kindness to a person who lives, works, or goes to school in the city of Berkeley. Founder Alan Ross named the award after Chris Walton, a preschool teacher who died in 2012, who instilled in his students a sense of community and charity. The award aligns with Ross's ethics course at the Haas School of Business, where he teaches corporate social responsibility. Of Villegas, who plans to put the $1,000 award toward his medical school tuition and use his career to help prevent heart- and blood-related conditions caused by poor diets and a lack of access to healthcare in his community, Ross said that he is just a sweet guy, like all the other winners: “They are so shocked that they are getting an award for something they do on a daily basis.”

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