Riding to the rescue after devastating theft
WHEN Kingaroy business manager, Jason Clark heard about a 27-year-old man with Down Syndrome who had his mountain bike stolen, he knew he had to help out.
Brad Heimerl's mountain bike was stolen earlier this year from his family's Kingaroy home.
The bike was chained up at his home and his mum, Jodi said she was devastated for Brad, who couldn't understand why someone would take his bike.
"He had it for two years, it is a big loss to him," she said.
"He was training for a triathlon, so he was stressing really bad."
Recyclelinks manager, Mr Clark had heard about the stolen bike and contacted the family explaining he wanted to help by giving Brad a mountain bike.
"I get heaps of push bikes so it was my way of giving back," he said.
"His dad came in and couldn't thank me enough."
The triathlon enthusiast does not let Down Syndrome hold him back and his mum is eternally grateful for the kind-hearted nature of our community.
"It means he is able to continue to train for triathlons," Ms Heimerl said.
"It is a better a bike than the one he had before. He is ecstatic.
"He even said he'll put some money away and transfer some money to them."
The Heimerl family moved to Kingaroy 20 years ago and were shocked at the brazen theft.
"I still can't get over the thought of someone being in our yard," Ms Heimerl said.
"This is the first time anything like this has happened."
Mr Clark, who has run the Kingaroy recycle shop for four years, said as well as bikes, he gets lots of different household items.
"We have plenty of lawnmowers, furniture, lounges, televisions and fridges," he said.
"They are all tested to make sure they work, I do them all up and sell them."
The recycle shop business owner said they get some weird and wonderful items in the shop.
"I have an old bike here at the moment, it's actually a golf cart that someone has put a motor in," he said.
"It'd certainly be a quick way to play nine holes."