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Volume 19 No. 2
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
Mountains of e-waste
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Goodness conquers hurt
Briahna Grant-Griffin was overwhelmed with support when her special tricycle was stolen.
Picture: Elesa Kurtz
ACT community rides to the rescue
THE Canberra community came to the
aid of a disabled girl last week after a
low act led to a high-minded piece of
kindness from a stranger.
When Briahna Grant-Griffin, 18,
had her special tricycle stolen from the
front of her Dunlop home her family
Briahna has cerebral palsy and a
condition called microcephaly that
prevents her from balancing on a two-
The family saved for six months to
buy her the special tricycle.
"It was my first big girl bike,''
Briahna said. She would ride it down
the shops with her brothers, Kade, 2,
and Jack, 7.
She said when it was stolen it made
her very sad.
Her mother, Alisa Griffin, began
door knocking and postering the
neighbourhood in the hope someone
might find and return it.
One of the posters caught the
attention of Queanbeyan's Brendon
He put the information on a few
Canberra social media websites and
within hours donations began pouring
"Almost immediately peopled
started wanting to know how they
could contribute,'' Mr Black said.
"The main thing was just to get the
trike back,'' he said. "Anything else
that came out of it was a bonus.''
As they surpassed the amount
needed for a new bike and donations
kept flooding in he called Ms Griffin to
let her know what was happening.
Meanwhile, word spread through
the suburb and the city and Briahna's
stolen trike was returned.
"I was gobsmacked,'' Ms Griffin
"It's a tearjerker. From one lousy
person taking it there is just all these
good hearts out there.
It just makes you feel good to be a
Mr Black and Ms Griffin now have
enough money for three new trikes.
Briahna will receive a new one and
donate her old trike to another family
They have spoken to ACT Carers
and special needs schools in the area
and hope to find homes for the three
special trikes soon.
Ms Griffin said Mr Black was a very
nice and humble man.
"I had never known this man before
and it was this one move of his that has
resulted in all this,'' she said.
"It has just turned into this beautiful
community story and shows how a
heap of strangers care.''
Due to the community reaction they
are now exploring whether there is an
organisation that provides trikes to
disabled children in Canberra and
whether there is a broader need for
such a group.
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