What a week for Rob
By UTE SCHULENBERG
WHAT a week it's been for Rob Sparrow.
On Monday he arrived in Coffs Harbour ready for a week of Ulysses AGM fun.
On Tuesday morning, a policeman knocked on his door to tell him his Harley Davidson had been stolen overnight, along with four other bikes.
On Wednesday his bike was found, burnt out, on Diggers Beach.
To say he was feeling gutted would be an understatement.
"If it wasn't for the wonderful support of everyone here, we'd have gone home," Mr Sparrow said.
"Our friends have picked us up every morning and made sure we've got out on bikes."
On Thursday, North Sapphire Beach property developer Anthony Cougle and his father Barry announced they were purchasing a Harley Davidson Black Pearl Dyna Superglide motorbike.
Their $26,000 gesture was their way of righting the wrong of the theft.
"When I heard about the thefts, I thought this shouldn't happen in Coffs," Mr Cougle said.
"So we decided to buy a bike and give it away on behalf of ourselves at North Sapphire Beach Developments and the Coffs Harbour community as a show of goodwill."
Yesterday Mr Sparrow put his name on a golf ball that went into a helmet, along with the names of the others who had lost their bikes.
The helmet was raised high in the air, Mr Cougle put in his hand and that's when Mr Sparrow's luck changed.
He was moved to tears, in spite of the taunts of "Harley riders don't cry".
But his face said it all, as did those of many in the crowd.