By Rebecca Peppiatt
In a reflection of the wonderful community spirit that is in abundance in Mundaring, a generous neighbour has helped a little boy realise his dream of riding a bike.
Northam nurse and Mundaring resident Yan Yi has been trying to teach her special needs son, Michael, to ride a bike since he was two years old.
“For special needs children it can be very hard because they don’t have great coordination,” she said.
“He’s always been interested, watching other people ride bikes, but unfortunately he couldn’t do it himself and he would get very frustrated about it.”
Yan tried to find Michael a trike but they were either designed for small children or adults.
An adaptive bike, that is specifically designed for people with physical and developmental abilities, can cost up to $5000.
With no funding to accommodate a bike for Michael, the cost of such an adaptor was out of single mum Yan’s price range.
In stepped neighbour Kevin Wiggins who offered to help build the adaptive bike.
“He’s a lovely little boy,” said Mr Wiggins.
“We have a gate between our properties and he often comes over to watch me work.”
It only took Mr Wiggins a few hours to put the bikes together that allows Michael to ride without the worry of trying to balance.
Ms Yi said she was blown away by Mr Wiggins’ generosity.
“Kevin has always been a lovely neighbour and has always looked out for me,” she said.
“I’m lucky to have such lovely neighbours.
“He has a really big heart.”