Stacee’s back in the sad­dle

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Dono­van

A RAN­DOM act of kind­ness has re­stored Stacee Parkin­son’s faith in hu­man­ity.

The daugh­ter of for­mer WA Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent David Parkin­son woke on Au­gust 21 to dis­cover her only mode of trans­port, a red three-wheeler bi­cy­cle, had been stolen from out­side her home on Bish­ops­gate Street in Lath­lain.

Ms Parkin­son has cere­bral palsy and oc­ca­sion­ally suf­fers from seizures, mean­ing she is un­able to hold a driver’s li­cence, so uses her bike to get from her work­place, where she cares for pa­tients with Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease, and to var­i­ous other vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions.

How­ever, when her fa­ther con­tacted the me­dia with a plea for in­for­ma­tion on the theft, an anony­mous bene­fac­tor con­tacted the fam­ily say­ing he had bought Ms Parkin­son a new bi­cy­cle from Henry’s Bike Shop in Wan­neroo.

“I was ab­so­lutely speech­less,” Ms Parkin­son said.

“I do com­mu­nity work just to help peo­ple, you know – I would have been down at Vis­i­bil­ity af­ter work if the theft hadn’t hap­pened. Un­for­tu­nately, I had to let them down.

“My bike is my only mode of trans­port and I’m so grate­ful for the gift.”

Henry’s Bike Shop owner Henry De Jager said when the man came in to buy the bike, they did a lit­tle bit of on­line re­search and equipped it with a bas­ket, ther­mal wa­ter bot­tle holder and stream­ers to re­place what had been lost.

“The man wanted to re­main name­less and all I re­ally have to say is God bless his soul,” Mr Jager said.

“I love that peo­ple still have that good­ness of heart.”

Ms Parkin­son has re­ported the theft to po­lice.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or crimestop­per­swa.­mu­ni­ d486073

Stacee Parkin­son tries out her new trike as Henry's Bike Shop owner Henry De Jager looks on. Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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