Motorcycle club in spin over copper wire thefts
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.