Fergus cleans up with a new bicycle

Fergus Hannan test riding his ‘new’ bicycle with his mother Zoe Hannan.

FERGUS Hannan scored a free bicycle, for helping clean up Tingha.

The five-year-old was the first recipient of a bike after Tingha resident, John Stansfield came up with an idea to both clean up rubbish, and support Tingha’s elderly residents.

He’s a retired mechanical engineer who now spends his time recycling donated or reclaimed used bicycles, with the idea of giving one to any child who selflessly works to support the community, and he gave away the first to a young Tingha lad on the day before Christmas.

John said he saw a lot of rubbish around Tingha and knew there were a lot of elderly people who needed a little help, so in October last year offered a free bicycle to anyone who was seen picking up rubbish or helping others on a regular basis.

John explained how Fergus became the first recipient.

“He’s been seen by the newsagent, Bob Clarke, picking up rubbish around the streets,” John said.

“Bob told me about him, so we got onto his mother and father and he came down to the newsagency and I gave him virtually a brand new bike.

“He’s never had a bike before and can’t actually ride it yet, so we got him some training wheels and a helmet.”

John said Fergus was more than happy with the bike.

“And he’s still continued picking up rubbish around the streets at least once or twice a week,” John said.

“He’s been doing it and he’s been doing it for about three months.”

He’s even up and down the road to Inverell with a big garbage bag and his mum, his mum keeps an eye on him, and he’s going around picking up all the rubbish that people throw out of the cars.”

John said he would keep upgrading the bike for Fergus as he got older.

“He wasn’t expecting a bike and was over the moon when we gave it to him,” he said.

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