Thief dashes student's motorbike project hopes
A thief has put the brakes on Eamon Thomson's final school project by stealing the motorbike he'd restored and was learning to ride.
Eamon is a student at the Ellerslie-based Michael Park School that operates on the Rudolf Steiner philosophy.
Pupils in their final year are tasked with completing a 12-month study on a subject of their choice.
Eamon's ultimate goal was to fix the bike and race it.
"I had very little money saved so the only way I was able to make my dream a reality was by borrowing to buy a written-off bike and repairing it."
The 18-year-old bought the bike off Trade Me in January and has spent countless hours after school repairing it and working to pay his parents back the money they loaned him.
"When I took it to get registered and it passed it was extremely satisfying," he says.
Eamon made it to just one race meeting before the bike was stolen.
"Although I was the slowest there, I was really pleased with my improvement.
"I pretty much can't achieve any of the goals I set now," he says.
The teenager rode the red 2008 Hyosung gt250r model bike from his home in Titirangi to his friend's house on Boakes Rd, Mt Wellington, on Friday night.
He discovered it was missing the next morning.
He and his father spent the afternoon canvassing the area and putting up posters.
"I realise now that parking on the street was a naive thing to do," he says.
Friends have been supportive and have offered to fundraise to get him a new bike. But Eamon wants to remain independent.
"I'm sure there are people out there in a worse situation than me," he says.
Family have pooled together and come up with a $1000 reward for the return of Eamon's bike in a good condition.
"Although we doubt this will happen we hope that the bike could be returned," he says.
The students at Michael Park School complete their final-year projects in addition to their NCEA requirements.
"It's quite often practical and enhances something they're doing at school, or is something they're passionate about," spokeswoman Jane Patterson says.
"Eamon likes travelling around and setting himself goals in the physical sense, which is what the motorbike is about."
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