Motorbike donated to Upper Island Cove boy

Melissa Jenkins
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709Riders group members fundraise after eight-year-old has bike stolen

It was a birthday to remember for Steven Lynch of Upper Island Cove yesterday (June 11) when he was given a gift from two selfless young men.

Steven Lynch (front) of Upper Island Cove was surprised with this dirt bike by Branden Clancey (left) and Matt Penney for his eight birthday. His old bike was stolen last October.

Steven, who is now eight, was the victim of theft last October, when someone stole his Honda 50 trail bike.

“All he said is that he hopes whoever has it is washing it and putting it inside,” Michael Lynch, Steven’s dad said.

Although Michael, mom Kim and brother Nicholas shared the story on Facebook along with a photo of the bike, nothing came of it, and the small red bike was never recovered.

Then last week (June 5), Branden Clancy of Marystown and Matt Penney of Grand Falls, who both now live in the St. John’s area, decided to do something selfless to help Steven.

The two are members of the 709Riders, a group of motorsport enthusiast who partake in activities such as dirt biking and snowmobiling.

The theft hit the 22-year-olds hard.

“I was going through Facebook, and it was around 11:20 at night,” Branden explained. “That’s when I seen the post about the stolen bike. The first thing I thought was, ‘who would steal a bike from a little kid.’”

After calling and chatting with Kim, Branden and Matt started a fundraising website on gofundme.com to raise money to purchase a new bike and began sharing the link on social media.

Within two days, some $2,700 had been raised.

“If we hadn’t raised enough money, I would have put the money in myself,” Branden said.

Yesterday, Steven had a birthday party at the Upper Island Cove recreation centre, and Matt and Branden drove out to present him with the blue Yamaha TTR 110.

“We put the key to the bike in a card,” Matt explained. “We wanted to give him the card, then surprise him with the bike.”

Friends and family crowded in the gymnasium of the rec centre to watch Steven receive the $3,000 bike.

The donation left the family speechless, and some in tears.

Steven is a boy of few words, but the smile on his face was enough to show his appreciation.

For more comprehensive coverage, see this week’s print edition of The Compass.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

Organizations: The Compass

Geographic location: Upper Island Cove, Marystown, Grand Falls

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  • Sharon
    June 13, 2014 - 11:51

    That is such a wonderful thing for these two young men to do. This little boy will remember this kindess for the rest of his life. There are so many good people in this world, and I love that here, the focus was put on that goodness. Awesome job guys!

  • Wanda
    June 12, 2014 - 23:43

    Just goes to show how kind "some" people are, here in Newfoundland! Amazing story, very touching! WTG guys! A job well done!

  • trevor
    June 12, 2014 - 21:35

    nice job boys

  • Kyle Skiffington
    June 12, 2014 - 20:53

    Its nice to fianlly see people help out the people in need, great project done by the 709Riders group! Lot's of respect made for the group and the admins of the page aswell! Nice to see a kid ride with us, Ride on little buddy! You deserve it!@

  • GMartin
    June 12, 2014 - 19:58

    Two very big hearts there Branden and Matt!! Enjoy your bike little buddy!!

  • helen
    June 12, 2014 - 15:19

    What a nice thing to do,that little boy must have been so happy,wish I were there to see his face,Matt and Branden you will always be his hero.

  • Power Band
    June 12, 2014 - 13:15

    Great job 709Riders! The look on Steven's face says it all.

    • Clif Feltham
      June 13, 2014 - 23:33

      Someone give me an email address for either of the young fellers that dropped off that bike! I'll drop them $100, its not much but its something to help the boys out! Koodos to the both of ya and anyone else that helped out too! We need more people like ya right across this country!