'Stolen' trolley returned.
'Stolen' trolley returned.

Coffs rallies to help volunteers

COFFS Coasters have rallied to help vital community volunteers who have been hit by wrongdoers.

On Saturday, in the first incident, The Advocate reported a cry for help from the local Salvos.

The Salvation Army's Family Store lost its furniture trolley after someone made off with it after borrowing it to transport a filing cabinet to their car.

After our story appeared on page 2 on Saturday, the trolley suddenly reappeared Monday morning at the store.

“Many thanks for your article – obviously it prompted some one's memory or conscience,” said manager Margaret Bridgman.

“Our faith in human nature was been boosted by a Boambee man offering to replace our lost property after your article appeared.”

In the second instance, community conscience was stirred into action on a broader scale.

The call for help from the Community Bike Recycling Centre, broken into at the showground last week, has been heeded.

Since the Advocate reported their plight, also on Saturday, the centre has been inundated by many Good Samaritans wanting to replace the stolen tools and bikes.

“It's been overwhelming really with the amount of people who have come in with tools. It's been gratifying,” recycling centre co-ordinator Bob Wallis said yesterday.

“One lady bought a set of screwdrivers for us and another lady donated a heap of ring spanners.”

Mr Wallis said the centre needed specific bike tools and local firm Rainbow Cycles had offered to donate some.

The dedicated crew at the recycling centre turned up to their workshop last Wednesday to discover the overnight raid.

The robbers had scaled the roof and forced their way into the facility, where they helped themselves to more than $500 worth of tools.

If you can help, contact the Coffs Harbour Employment and Support Services (CHESS) on 6691 9333.

The recycling centre also needs a fridge freezer because the current one is on its last legs.

Contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you know anything about last week's robbery.



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