Generosity shines bright as Goitom gets a new bike
IN AN ACT of community spirit, Coffs Harbour businesses have dug deep to lend a local resident a helping hand.
Less than a week after his bike was stolen while attending church, Coffs Harbour resident Goitom Hidremichael has a new set of wheels thanks to the generosity of Star FM and Ventoux Cycles.
Last Saturday, Goitom had locked his 18-speed mountain bike to a rack outside Australia Post in Vernon St before attending an Easter service at Coffs Harbour Uniting Church.
But when he returned from the church, he found the bike had been stolen, and the lock chain cut.
After reading Goitom's story in the Coffs Coast Advocate, local businesses Star FM and Ventoux Cycles joined forces to gift a new bike for Goitom.
Goitom was overwhelmed as he accepted the donation of a Giant Aluxx 6000 bike on Thursday from Star FM breakfast presenters Jay and Tulles and Ventoux Cycles owner Al Scotford.
"I love to cycle everywhere - for someone to donate one like this ... it's unbelievable," Goitom said.
"I'm very grateful."
As well as the new set of wheels, Mr Scotford also gifted a bike lock that has given Goitom peace of mind for the future.
Although the thief did not return his bike, Goitom said the kindness of the two local businesses had meant a lot to him.
"It goes to show that 99% of people are very good," he said. "It's wonderful - thank you so much."