As­sis­tance over­whelms

Mo­tor­cy­cle club in spin over cop­per wire thefts

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES By ADEN MILES

She was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia last year but five-year-old Elise Hulme is on the re­cov­ery trail.

While treat­ment has caused her to lose her hair she has not lost her smile.

Elise’s mother, Sarah Hulme said the fam­ily has been over­whelmed by the sup­port from the Toko­roa com­mu­nity.

‘‘I just want peo­ple who are plan­ning to move here to know how what a great and sup­port­ive place it is,’’ she said.

‘‘ It has just been amaz­ing what they have done for us. All of the primo help that we have re­ceived is great and we just wanted to say thank you.

‘‘ They have also helped to keep all of the other roles go­ing.

‘‘ Like our neigh­bours watch­ing our other two chil­dren, and tak­ing care of our dog. Things like petrol vouch­ers which were given.’’

Around $2000 was also raised by ABB, Elise’s fa­ther’s em­ployer.

Elise’s di­ag­no­sis was made in Au­gust last year and her treat­ment will end in 2012.

Mrs Hulme said Elise’s hair has just started to grow back.

‘‘Some peo­ple think be­cause they are young they don’t re­ally mind los­ing their hair but she did – she knew what was hap­pen­ing and she is happy that her hair is be­gin­ning to grow back.’’

Elise is now back in school at Tainui Full Pri­mary School. The South Waikato Mo­tor­cy­cle Club is the lat­est tar­get for thieves try­ing to cash in on the price of cop­per.

Within the last month five lights were dam­aged and had their cop­per wiring re­moved.

Pres­i­dent Richard Feier­abend said the club has had its doors dam­aged in the past but noth­ing on this scale.

‘‘They sell the cop­per wire. Some­one has cut it, gone along un­der­neath and then pulled it all out.

‘‘There is more taken over at the mo­tor­cross track where the fin­ish line is; they have cut that and ripped it out,’’ he said.

The in­ci­dent now puts of­fi­cials in a race against time to fix the prob­lem be­fore the su­per­cross event later this year.

‘‘ We have our su­per­cross on De­cem­ber 11 and we have to get it all fixed be­fore then.’’

Mr Feier­abend said a po­lice re­port has been filed.

‘‘We are about to get a quote but cop­per wiring is very ex­pen­sive so it is go­ing to cost in the thou­sands,’’ he said.

This in­ci­dent joins a grow­ing list of cop­per wiring thefts around the coun­try with some thieves risk­ing their lives by try­ing to steal from power lines and train tracks.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the thefts or who has been of­fered cop­per wiring lately is asked to con­tact Toko­roa Po­lice.

COP­PER CA­PER: South Waikato Mo­tor­cy­cle Club pres­i­dent Richard Feier­abend shows where thieves cut cop­per wiring out of the park’s lights.

COURA­GEOUS: Elise Hulme wraps her courage beads around her. They rep­re­sent her jour­ney since be­ing di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia last year.

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