Kind gesture restores family’s faith

THE Stannard family of Woollamia have had some of their faith in society restored.

Last week the family was devastated by a robbery in which five motorcycles were stolen.

The Register’s story last Wednesday struck a chord with West Nowra resident Ian Newton, who contacted the family and offered them a bike he had in his back shed.

“I saw the story in the paper and felt for them,” he said.

“I had an old bike in the back shed that I was doing nothing with, in fact I was looking at getting rid of it, so I contacted the family.

“Hearing the story I didn’t think they would have much chance of getting their bikes back.

“This bike doesn’t owe me anything so I offered it to Jake.

“It was even better when I heard he had a licence as the bike is road registered.

“At least that way if this one gets flogged there is more of a chance to have it recovered as all the serial numbers have been recorded on the RMS systems.”

Mr Newton purchased the Yamaha DT 200 RW in Crookwell about eight years ago while working in western NSW on wind farms at Orange and Crookwell.

Twenty-one-year-old Jake said he was floored when contacted by Ian.

“I never expected anything like this,” he said.

“The whole family and I were blown away by Ian’s generosity.

“It’s one in a million that someone would do something like this.

“I couldn’t believe it that he would offer someone else his bike.”

Jake said he enjoyed his first ride home late last week.

“I’m over the moon,” he said.

And he’s already been out on his first official ride.

“I took it over to my visit my Nan in Hyams Beach, it’s just such a generous offer,” he said.

“It has restored my faith in humanity a bit.”

For Ian there has been an upside; he now has more room in his garage.

“Mind you my daughter has now moved her pushbike into where the motorbike once was,” he joked.

The theft of the five bikes at the Woollamia property two weeks ago included a 2009 Yamaha YZF 250, a 2003 Honda XR 80, a three-week-old 2012 Kawasaki KLX 140, a Yamaha YZ 426 and a Peewee 80.

Anyone with information about the thefts can contact Nowra Police on 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

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