Father Bob Maguire's 'Hopemobile' will be back on the road in time to feed the poor this Christmas, thanks to a Melbourne teenager's selfless act, reports The Herald Sun.
Sammy Lawson, 15, was at the Royal Children's Hospital undergoing a
two-stage spinal fusion operation when he spotted Father Bob's call-out
'I said to myself: "I'm not going to lie around here
thinking 'poor me, I'm in pain, no, I'm going to try and help out a
The 2001 Ford van had busted its engine, bringing the former South
Melbourne parish priest's operation to a grinding halt.
Putting his own
pain aside, Sammy - a devout Catholic - sprang into action, contacting
his uncle Tim at Ford Australia.
The company agreed to supply free
parts, while its top repairer fixed the van for free.
The Hopemobile got a new engine, clutch and flywheel assembly,
radiator hosing and a long-overdue service, including oil and filter
change and coolant.
'The list of parts is as long as your arm,' said
Melbourne City Ford Service Manager Simon Ulrich, who estimated the
retail cost of the service at $15,000, with 19 hours' manual labour.
Sammy said his was only a 'small act.'