Christmas Miracle: Spencer Clarke with his bike on Christmas Day. Sean Wallace arranged for the bike to be flown to Newcastle.
Is there a better Christmas present for a kid than a bike?
All kids, at some point, dream of owning a bike.
We remember getting a red mountain bike as a surpriseChristmas present one year.
It was the best present we ever received. And we were aged about 30at the time.
Sean Wallace, Phil Bowron, Terese Clarke and Santa with Spencer’s bike at Newcastle Airport. Picture by Marina Neil.
When most kids write their Christmas lists, there’s usually quite a few things on there.
Thornton’s Spencer Clarke had only one thing on hisChristmas list this year. A bike.
Spencer, 5, lives with cerebral palsy.
He said to his mum, Terese Clarke: “Now that I’m five, why can’t I have a bike like all the other kids?”
The youngster then added: “Maybe Santa willbring me one.”
The only problem was, Spencer neededa special bike.
His mumcan’t just go and buy one off a shelf.
Terese wrotea post on a Facebook page for disability equipment, asking ifanyone had a bike that would suit Spencer’s needs.
A lady in Adelaide had one of these bikes forher little girl, but she no longer needed it. She kindly said Spencercould have it.
Terese’s sister lives in Adelaide, so she picked up the bike.
But how to get it to Newcastle?
Terese and Spencer were doing a behind-the-scenes tour of Newcastle Airportwith Variety (the children’s charity).
She started chatting to Jetstarsenior pilot Sean Wallace, who kindly offeredto arrange for the bike to be flownto Williamtown.
Teresesaid Sean saved Christmas for her boy.
“How do you thank somebody enough for something like that?”she said.
When asked Sean about his good deed, he was pretty humble about it all.
He said the “elves” at Jetstar and Newcastle Airport “sprang into action to help get Spencer his bike in time for Christmas”.
“After meeting Terese and Spencer during the airport’s Variety tour, we couldn’t think of a more deserving family to be a part of Jetstar’s Gift of Giving program.”
What can we say, Sean. You’re a legend. And Spencer, enjoy thatbike,pal. You deserve it.