Community buys bike for boy

‘One happy young man’ treated to new bike after the one he worked hard to buy was stolen.

Local boy Kobe Roller (centre) was happy to be given a new bicycle last week after his was stolen. Aileen Wilson (right) asked friends to pitch in

Local boy Kobe Roller (centre) was happy to be given a new bicycle last week after his was stolen. Aileen Wilson (right) asked friends to pitch in

A kind-hearted Cranbrook resident has replaced a bicycle for a local boy after his own bike was stolen.

Kobe Roller saved up money working on a paper route until he could buy a second-hand bicycle for $450. It was just like the brand new one, valued at $800, that he had his eye on.

But then Kobe loaned the bike to a friend for a quick ride home, and it was stolen from outside his friend’s house.

Aileen Wilson heard about what happened to Kobe, and decided to get involved.

“After asking around a bit I learned Kobe is a hard-working, helpful young man and felt he deserved to get his bike back,” said Aileen.

She didn’t have the money to buy a new bike for Kobe herself, so Aileen put out the word on Facebook and quickly raised money for Kobe.

“Through wonderful friends I was able to raise $400 in only five days,” said Aileen.

“We approached Mike (Stephen) at Gerick’s Sports and he was so helpful finding the bike of Kobe’s dreams and made that bike fit our budget. Kobe’s mom put in $100 that was needed to cover the tax and an extra $39 our money didn’t cover. The bike was valued at over $800.

“Kobe is one happy young man and I don’t think he will ever take his eyes off his bike again,” said Aileen.

“Thank you to everyone who donated and Mike at Gerick’s for helping us make this young fellow smile again.”