Community spirit: Paul Bulley (right) with (left to right) Jules Ellul, Laura Cameron, Ron Cameron and Senior Constable Kerrie Wilson. Picture: Simon BennettLast week Macquarie Fields resident Paul Bulley was stranded.
Several health conditions including five strokes andbad kneesmeant the 71-year-old had no option but to be housebound after thieves stole his mobility scooter from his backyard shed the week before.
Not only did the theft leave the elderly resident frustrated and furious, it also left him almost $1700 out of pocket after he spent 12 months saving for the scooter.
“It will take me another 12 months to save up for one,” he told the Advertiser disparagingly last week.
However a lot can change in seven days.
Following the theft, Macquarie Fields police’sSenior Constable Kerrie Wilson –who was named Camden, Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields Police Officer of the Year on Wednesday night for her work on social media –madea plea for information to public on Facebook for any information.
And it was answered.
St Andrews resident Jules Ellul began immediately began to raise moneyto put towards a new mobility scooter for Mr Bulley.
“When I saw Senior Constable Wilson’s post it really touched my heart,” she said.
“I thought how awful must it have been to lose your independence.”
Then in stepped Ingleburn couple Laura and Ron Cameron.
The owners of Hair, Skin and Barber said they would donate a mobility scooter that previously belonged to Mrs Cameron’s father, Frank, a retired Royal Australian Airf Force servicemanwho died three years ago.
All itneeded was a new battery.
So director of Batteries Direct Australia in Ingleburn, Colin Evans, then came to the party and installed a new battery at cost price.
On Thursday, those involved with the donation and fund raising effort surprised Mr Bulley at his house with the scooter whichMr Cameron rode from Ingleburn to Macquarie Fields.
“I know that my Dad would be very happy that you can get back out and around,” Mrs Cameron told Mr Bulley.
The victim of the recent theft was almost left speechless.
“Onlyone thing comes to mind and that’s thank you, I wasn’t expecting this,” he said.
For Senior Constable Wilson, it was nice to see good come from a bad situation.
“This bought a tear to my eye,” she said.
“It’s so nice to have such a good result.”
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