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Raiyan lost his job during the coronavirus lockdown, then ABC readers stepped in to help

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Raiyan misplaced his job throughout the coronavirus lockdown, then ABC readers stepped in to assist

When a donated electrical bike arrives for Raiyan Chowdhury, he jumps straight on it and pedals with pleasure up and down his avenue in West Footscray, in western Melbourne.

He cycles previous a neighbour’s freshly painted white picket fence, previous a tradie’s ute stacked with work tools and throughout to a park that is well-liked with afternoon joggers.

He rides with a giant, vast smile that’s about extra than simply the enjoyment of attempting out a brand new bicycle.

For the primary time in months, the worldwide pupil says he feels hopeful that he’ll get by means of the remainder of this pandemic together with his life and desires intact.

When Raiyan first spoke to the ABC earlier this week, it was to tell his story of struggling through the city’s long lockdowns.

He misplaced his job at a Melbourne pub within the first lockdown, ultimately ran out of financial savings after which misplaced his housing.

That was earlier than he was informed his whole household in Bangladesh was in poor health with COVID-19.

As a world pupil, he cannot entry JobKeeper or JobSeeker and is surviving by delivering meals for Uber Eats.

However that hasn’t been with out its issues — a motorbike Raiyan was renting was stolen whereas he was working, leaving him with a giant invoice to pay again.

Provides of assist depart Raiyan speechless

After an ABC story was printed about Raiyan, readers obtained in contact with affords to assist {the teenager}.

“There are nearly 10, 15 folks contacting me and everyone seems to be attempting to assist,” Raiyan says.

Psychologist Bernadette Hertzog lives on the opposite aspect of Melbourne in Tecoma, within the Dandenong Ranges.

She is the individual behind the electrical bike donation.

A woman with short brown hair wears a long top, scarf and facemask, she stands in a garden with the bike and her dog.
Bernadette Hertzog says she is comfortable the bike she has donated will make work simpler for Raiyan Chowdhury.(ABC Information: Elise Kinsella)

“He is younger, I’ve obtained three sons and I assume it simply touched my coronary heart.”

Already, Raiyan has known as Bernadette to thank her for the bike.

“That was probably the most great factor that has occurred to me up to now,” he says.

Together with his new bike making his supply job simpler and a gaggle of individuals supporting him, Raiyan says he can now see a path again to a model of his outdated life.

A life the place he can once more deal with his research and desires of sooner or later changing into a chef.


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