Stacee’s back in the saddle
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. com.au.
Stacee Parkinson tries out her new trike as Henry's Bike Shop owner Henry De Jager looks on. Picture: Martin Kennealey