Locals help robbed man

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
Rachel Trefort has been recently regularly visiting David Ingram.
Camera IconRachel Trefort has been recently regularly visiting David Ingram. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna

Narrogin has united in showing support and raising funds for David Ingram, a part-blind seniorrecently targeted by thieves.

Just hours after finding out mechanical parts and tools had been stolen from Mr Ingram’s property, resident Rachel Trefort created a GoFundMe page which raised more than $1000 in less than 24 hours for him.

Ms Trefort said she had seen Mr Ingram in town and had always wanted to reach out to him, so when she read about what happened it felt like her chance to do something.

“While there have been many adverse events and senseless attacks happening in town, it’s great to see the kindness and support of so many people in our community and beyond,” she said. Mr Ingram said he felt emotional when Ms Trefort told him about the community campaign.

“Knowing that people care for me was so much more important than getting money,” he said.

“I’ve been here for a long time and haven’t made many friends, so having people coming up to talk to me about it on the street — it made me feel really great.”

A total of $1435 was raised by 28 people, many of whom also left comments.

“I’ve known David for many years, used to be one of our customers at Knightline Computers, he has helped us a lot with mini engines,” one of the donors wrote.

“Champion bloke — genuine nice guy,” wrote another.

Mr Ingram said he was touched and grateful to everyone involved.

Ms Trefort said she was inspired by Mr Ingram’s positive outlook on life, despite the things that had happened to him.

“This sad event that happened to David is a reminder to us all that if you can choose to be anything in this world, choose to be kind, look after your neighbour and stick together,” she said.

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