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Rochester Salvos replace some of Echuca tradie’s stolen tools

By Ivy Jensen

AN ECHUCA tradie’s faith in humanity has been restored after Rochester Salvation Army donated about $1000 in tools to replace some of his stolen equipment.

Lachie Egglestone's $2500 trailer, with $15,000 worth of tools inside, was stolen from outside his girlfriend's property in Rochester on June 17.

The callous theft left the third-year building apprentice almost unable to work as his tools were not insured.

When Rochester Salvation Army Lieutenant Cameron Lovering heard about this, he knew he had to do something.

“As a former full-time tradesman myself, I immediately felt compassion for the young apprentice as I know just how expensive tools are and how much effort and passion go into accumulating them,” Lieut Lovering said.

“To have your tools stolen as a tradesman can be severely detrimental to your employment and being able to provide for yourself.

“I proposed to the Rochester Salvation Army Corps Sergeant Major, Lorraine Harris, our frontline emergency relief worker that we offer him some emergency assistance in the form of purchasing the foundational tools necessary to keep him employed and working effectively, with intent to alleviate some of his hardship during this time.”

The organisation provided Lachie with a range of essential tools, including levels, chisels, screwdrivers, safety gear and batteries.

“When they first contacted me asking what I needed, I just sent through the basics,” Lachie said.

“I wasn't expecting as much as they gave me. I was thinking a couple of levels and tools but they gave me so much more.

“It means a lot. It means I can get back to work and not have to buy more stuff out of my own pocket.

“I just want to say a huge thank you to the Rochester Salvation Army.”

Lieut Lovering said the Salvos were honoured to help those who experienced hardship of all kinds in the community.

“We are grateful that we are in a position to help, such as with this particular situation,” he said.

“We do what we do because of our faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus was said to have been a carpenter, so it just seemed right to support this young apprentice in his work.

“It is our mission to transform lives, one at a time, sharing with others the love that Jesus has for them and alleviating suffering; however we can, for whoever we can.”

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