Eric Allen a bike lover received a brand new bicycle from a kind-hearted fan of Radio Grenadines after his previous one was stolen one month ago.
Eric requested the help of Radio Grenadines on August 7th 2015 to publish his story of his missing bike with the hope of recovering it. A few days later the story went viral and Eric recovered only the frame. Much to his disappointment and with no money to purchase a new one or buy parts, Eric was staring at his dark cloud.
Eric however saw a silver lining when news got to him that someone saw his story on the internet and wanted to help. There was another problem however, that person a total stranger to Eric lives all the way across the other end of the globe.
Brian Price, an entrepreneur based in the UK saw Eric’s story on Radio Grenadines and was following the story closely. When Price heard that the bike had been found dismantled he felt that he had do something to try and rectify the situation.
Price decided (via Radio Grenadines) to try and help rectify the wrong and to fully fund a replacement mountain bike for Eric. Staff at Radio Grenadines followed up with Price and facilitated the purchase which was made from a popular store in SVG and transported down to Union Island via the MV Barracuda. Mr King, Owner and Captain of the Barracuda wavered the transportation cost after hearing of Eric’s story.
The Bike was handed over to Eric Allen on Friday 4th of September 2015 by Treasurer of Radio Grenadines Inc. Mr. Allan Providence on behalf of the donor Brian Price. Eric restated his thanks to Price and Radio Grenadines for their support throughout the ordeal.
When asked how he will safeguard this one, Eric jokingly said that he will have to sleep with it. He stated that he will lock it whenever he is not around. Eric stated that he is still awaiting word from the local police to whom he have reported the matter to.
We asked Brian Price what would have prompted him to assist Eric and he stated “Having had a bike of my own stolen many years ago I could empathise with Eric and his loss and how difficult it would be to replace such a treasured item”.
Price also stated that he is a frequent visitor to the famous Palm Island Resort. “Of course to get to Palm you have to travel by plane via Union, my wife and I have made a number of trips to Union Island whilst visiting Palm, not only do we love Union but we love the people, many of which work at Palm. The people are so friendly, always have time to talk and come across as genuine and sincere” Price said.
Price explained that during their trips to Palm Island, Radio Grenadines has often been playing as background music, they love the local music and got hooked. When Brian returned to the UK he found the Radio Grenadines Facebook Page and became a fan and follows local news and activities via our page www.facebook.com/radiogrenadines
How Brian discovered our part of the World
Brian Price lives with his wife Rona and family in South Wales, he has 3 grown up children who all live within 10 miles of each other, all of them have been to Palm and Union Island at least once.
Brian first visited the Caribbean back in the year 2000 when he took his wife Rona to Jamaica for her 40th Birthday… since then they have travelled the Caribbean extensively.
Rona found Palm Island Resort on the internet and booked it for Brian’s 50th Birthday back in 2008 and since then this resort has become their favorite holiday destination.
Brian and his wife will be visiting again next April 2016 for their 13 visit.
On visiting Palm, Price has permission from the St Vincent and Grenadines Government and Palm Island Management to operate his own Amateur Radio Station using a special call-sign J8-8PI and has spoken to thousands of people from all over the world using his specialist equipment.
Price is looking forward to connect in person with Eric the next time he visits Union Island. Whenever you visit Union Island be sure to look out for Eric cruising around town on his Bike.