By Nadia Surace
Generous support from local community last week saw Shepp Cobras BMX Club “out of a really tight spot,” Club President, Scott White explained.
“I literally couldn’t put it into words just how much this means to the club. This is huge.”
The club had been battling difficulties after thieves broke into its Wanganui Road storage facility and stole all of the club’s bikes, helmets and other safety equipment in November last year.
Police investigations failed to regain any of the property or identify persons responsible.
Insurance would not cover the loss as it was stored in a shipping container.
“Lucky for us we’ve experienced some very generous support from the local community,” Scott said.
“Titans Cycling Race Team’s Todd Huggard instigated it all through his sponsorship with left over money from when the team finished up.”
Five local businesses- Furphy’s Foundry Sales, Wintersun Fruit, Michel Signs, J Furphy and Sons and Leigh Egan Cycles then jumped on board to support the club donating six brand new BMX bikes and safety equipment.
“These aren’t just any old bikes either, they’re top-of-the-range,” Scott said.
“This will particularly help less fortunate members whose parents are unable to afford bikes for their kids.”
The club maintains ambitions to build a canteen and secure storage facility and welcomes support from local building companies who may want to help.
The new bikes are currently being stored at a secure site away from the track.