Family gets new wheels

CIARA PRATT
Last updated 05:00 03/12/2013
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DESERVING GIFT: A Henderson family has received new bikes thanks to Waitakere MP Paula Bennett.

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Christmas has come early for a Henderson family.

Sharon Clifford, Sean Jones and their children Jayden, 6, and Cameron, 5, all received brand new bikes thanks to Waitakere MP Paula Bennett.

The bikes were given to the family after they were bought by Sir David Levene at a youth suicide charity auction last month.

"[Sir David] was sitting next to him and he said to me if he won the bikes in the auction, could I find a deserving family to give them to," Mrs Bennett says.

She contacted Henderson Primary School principal Keith Tetzlaff who had just the family in mind.

"They are a very lovely family and Jayden and Cameron are really hard-working kids.

"It's something special that you can help out. It's neat to give somebody who is really deserving a hand up and to see the joy it brings."

The family receives two adult bikes and two children's bikes which were donated to the auction by Bike Barn.

Ms Clifford says the bikes were totally unexpected and her boys are "very excited".

"We wouldn't be getting the kids bikes unless they were secondhand."

The bikes will also help the family with transport due to the fact they are down to one car.

The Lunch with the Prime Minister charity event, organised by the Henderson Rotary Club in conjunction with The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust, raised $15,000.

That money will go towards youth suicide prevention organisations including Lifeline, Changeworks Trust and Community Action on Suicide Prevention and Research.

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