【ほっこり】3輪自転車を盗まれたおじいちゃんに新品を! 地域住民がクラウドファンディングで資金を募集


米ソルトレイクシティ周辺で空のアルミ缶を収集して生計を立てている、ドン・シルビーノさん(90)。彼の唯一の移動手段は3輪自転車だったが、先日誰かがその自転車に飛び乗り、走り去ってしまったという。シルビーノさんはどうすることもできず、ただ呆然とそれを見つめるしかなかった。しかし、そんな1人のひどい行いが地域の人たちの善意を導いたのだ。


シルビーノさんは3輪自転車に乗ってソルトレイクシティの歩道を行ったり来たりしていることで有名だ。英語があまりうまく話せないが、地域住民のジョージ・フィエロさんが「わずか1ドル稼ぐためだけに、彼は3輪自転車に乗ってアルミ缶を拾っているんだ」と説明するように、シルビーノさんの手がこれまでの勤勉さを物語っている。

それは、11月12日土曜日の午後のこと。シルビーノさんはジョーダン公園近くでその自転車に乗っていたという。

「ドン・シルビーノさんはアルミ缶を探すためにゴミ箱を覗いていた」とフィエロさんは語る。

しかし、シルビーノさんが目を離した隙に、誰かがその自転車を盗んでしまった。本人曰く、一人の女性が唯一の移動手段であるその自転車に乗り、走り去るのを見たという。

「生活のために1ドルを稼ごうとしている人に、そんなひどい仕打ちをする人がいるなんて信じられなかったよ」とフィエロさんは語っている。

シルビーノさんは気落ちし、3輪自転車なしでこれからどうしたらよいか、途方に暮れたという。

ジョージ・フィエロさんは、警察がその自転車を見つけるのをただ待つだけではなく、何か彼の助けになることをしたかった。そこで、もっとたくさんの人たちに一緒に探してもらえるよう願って、自身のフェイスブックページにこの話を投稿。その後、その投稿がシェアされてどんどん広がり、シルビーノさんの話は会ったこともない何百という人たちの心を打った。

「なんとか自立しようとしている90歳の人がいて、その人が自立のために使っている大事な物を取り上げるなんて、心が痛むよ」とフィエロさんの投稿に心を打たれたジョージ・ロブレスさんは語っている。

ロブレスさんは、シルビーノさんに新しい3輪自転車と冬を越すためのお金を集めるため、クラウドファンディングサイト「GoFundMe」でページを立ち上げた。

「48時間以内に、目標金額の750ドルを達成したよ。本当に信じられなかった」とロブレスさんはクラウドファンディングの成果についてコメント。現在、2700ドル以上の寄付が集まり、その他にも400ドル以上する2台の3輪自転車が寄付されている。これを受け、シルビーノさんは、支援してくれたすべての人に神のご加護があると信じていると、支援者たちに感謝の気持ちを伝えた。

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WHOA
"What, what is this?"
"You'd rather take a picture of a straw than take one of me?
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Watch out, baby!
Who's bombing who?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
"Oh sorry, wrong room."
"What are you reading?"
At least someone is trying to stop these from happening.
Nothing like a perfectly timed tail.
The beer is poison!
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It's cool, he's the new boom mic operator.
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Just really happy to be here.
At least that last guy is in the picture.
This cat's great-grandchildren are probably in this slideshow as well.
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"I want to sit on the chair."
Sneak attack is underway.
Stopping inappropriate Facebook photo uploads since 2008.
How is he even doing that with his neck?
What are you doing here?
Also: "Soon"
Talk about a third wheel.
The other cat REALLY doesn't like glamour shots.
"Um, I think someone forgot my Fancy Feast."
"Do I smell fish?"
"Um, a little help?"
What is this contraption.
We're assuming that this guy was attempting to take an underwater selfie.
"Ignore me!"
He does not approve.
His night vision is perfect for interrupting hipster photo shoots.
He stood on that pinecone to get in this photo: commitment.
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Still part of the family.
Maybe planned, still terrific.
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In our experience cats really do hate driving.
This dog is huge!
Where was this cat standing?
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Hey! Me too, right?
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This goat would clearly lose hide-and-seek.
That cat takes itself way too seriously.
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These cows would have been such a good background otherwise.
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All the dog that's fit to photograph.
Aflac has to be responsible for this.
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Just wait for it.
"Well, hello!"
"I make this look easy."
The lion doesn't even know he is posing, he's just naturally suave.
This dolphin really deserves credit for making this picture great.
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Maybe this was planned?
"Oh, you were taking a picture?"
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Even dogs can enjoy 3D.
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This donkey has a place to go.
HEEYYYY!
Quick window bomb before flying away.
Just gonna sneak in here.
Cool boat, dude.
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Is this cute or just incredibly creepy?
Finally worked!
Nope, FCC cat doesn't approve of this.
Get a room.
Down here!
He knew what he was doing.
Sweet picture, dude.
Classic.
HEY!
This probably ended well.
Don't get out of the car.
Double Bomb.
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Up close and personal.
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Cute couple.
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Nice costume, kid.
Cheeeeeese!
This way's better.
A fun-filled day at the park.
What are you guys up to?
Seriously?
Poor dog never even saw it coming.
BEHIND YOU!
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