17-Year-Old Legend Donates Car To Flood Victim After Saving Up For Two Years
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A 17-year-old lad has made one flood victim break down in tears after donating his newly-bought car.
In a heartwarming piece of generosity, Harry Ledger decided to donate his car to Kingscliff man, Dylan Simpson, who had lost his rental accommodation and car to floodwaters.
Harry, from Kiama, had been doing odd jobs for two years to save for the car, but after visiting Lismore with his family and seeing the devastation, he decided he wanted to do more.
He told the ABC: “When we'd heard and saw everything that was happening up there we decided one weekend we would go up there and help out.”
"When you really look and understand what's happening there and the devastation … it seems like it's the least you can do," he continued.
His family also donated $3,000 in cash and products to the cause.
Natasha Shearer, who had spent the last two months assisting with the efforts in northern NSW, helped facilitate the donation.
She posted about the story on her Facebook, saying: “Dylan was at work at the time and had no idea Harry was about to hand him a car.
“Thanks to Dee we were able to get him to come out of work where Harry surprised him with the car.
“Emotions were high. Dylan was in shock and really couldn't believe that someone especially a beautiful young 17 year old would come and hand over a car like that.”
Ms Shearer would also delve into Dylan’s story and why he was chosen to be the recipient of the car.
She continued: “We chose Dylan to receive the car as he lost absolutely everything including his car and he is currently couch surfing as he was living in a rental that is now unliveable.
“As Dylan calls himself, he's a Kingscliff Refugee bless him. To some, this may seem like a small thing let me tell you to Dylan it is the biggest blessing and he is forever grateful.”
Sounds like the champagne-coloured Nissan went to the right person.
However, hundreds of flood victims still remain displaced and unable to return to their homes, with Ms Shearer saying they are looking for tradespeople to volunteer to help fix damaged homes.
She told Daily Mail Australia: “The recovery effort is going to take months, if not years before everything returns to normal.
“I've lived through many floods in Lismore but nothing like this.”