Community spirit in wake of theft

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The saying “It takes a village to raise a child” has rung true with the strong support for young teenagers hoping to create a BMX and mountain bike track.

Seth Anderson, aged 13, and his mates have been carving out the track at Garibaldi Gully.

They have been using shovels and pickaxes bought with their own money to construct the track. Given the weight of the tools, the boys left them at the site as they headed home.

A gold miner at the gully took the tools two months ago. Seth and his friends approached the miner and politely asked for them to be returned, which they were.

After returning to the site only to find that the tools were once again missing, Seth took to social media.

He told his story in the Young NSW Community Group Facebook private group, requesting the return of the tools.

His story struck a chord, with an outpouring of empathy for Seth and his friends. So much so that Brett Watts from Thompson’s Rural in Young gave Seth two shovels and two pickaxes he wasn’t using.

Mr Watts has also given the kids a brand-new esky so that they can keep drinks cool while they are working on the track and riding their bikes.

Another offer of assistance came from Brian Davis from Juicy Lucy’s Cafe. He gave the kids a $50 donation towards new digging supplies. Mr Davis was especially taken with the fact that Seth and his mates are outdoors and being active rather than behind a computer screen.

Seth has since given both Brett and Brian a box of chocolates to thank them for their kindness. Seth said: “My mates and I really appreciate what has been done for us. It’s great to know that there are good people around”.

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