Bully boosts girl?s spirits

THANKS to The Morning Bulletin, Sophie-Jane Bennetts is able to ride again.

Sophie-Jane's new Dunlop Lakeside bike was stolen outside a northside convenience store on Saturday.

Her mother Donna contacted The Bulletin, appealing for help to locate the bike.

She said she had spent weeks saving up to buy the bike for her 13-year-old daughter and could not afford to replace it.

"I almost cried . . . my first thought was you must be joking,'' she said.

"We've been in Rockhampton for 18 months and we've never had anything stolen before.''

But instead of launching an appeal, Bulletin staff got into the Christmas spirit and bought Sophie-Jane a new bike.

Morning Bulletin editor Steve Etwell said he and his team were touched by Sophie-Jane's plight and decided to kick in the money for a new bike.

"We could see that the family was having a bit of a struggle and we were delighted to be able to help out.''

Ms Bennetts, a single mother of four, yesterday thanked The Bulletin saying she would not have been able to save enough money to buy a new bike until Christmas.

Sophie had been given the bike as a birthday present just three weeks earlier.



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