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New wheels... Donald Graeve, of Gore, is happy with his new 2003 Ford Focus from Regional Ford in Gore, after his 1982 Ford Laser was stolen from outside the Gore Baptist Church last month. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

The Gore community has proved the spirit of the good Samaritan is alive and well, having come to the aid of a resident after his car was “nicked”.

Donald Graeve was attending a service at the Gore Baptist Church last month and when he went to leave, his beloved 1982 Ford Laser was nowhere to be seen.

When he went to where he had parked his car, he realised somebody had “nicked it”, Mr Graeve said.

“I thought whoever it was is very cheeky. I had just put new tyres on it and they got the benefit of my effort,” he said.

Regional Ford managing director Nathan Abernethy said Mr Graeve had been a valued customer at Regional Ford in Gore for the past 12 years and had an account with the company for the upkeep of his car.

When Mr Graeve went to close his account, as he no longer had a car, the team jumped into action.

“He had been with us for so long and when we heard about the situation, we knew we wanted to do something to help,” Mr Abernethy said.

“We asked him would it be OK if we fundraised for him and he was just amazed someone would do something like that for him,” he said.

Regional Ford put forward a Weber barbecue to be auctioned, and alongside the Church, gathered donations from the community.

The auction resulted in Mr Graeve being presented with a 2003 Ford Focus, valued at $6000, last week.

Mr Graeve said he could not believe his eyes when the new vehicle was revealed to him.

“I’m just blown away – I’m pretty happy about it,” he said.

He said he was very grateful to Regional Ford, the Gore Baptist Church and the community.