Harley was quite comfortable sitting in the driver's seat of this custom-built V8 trike. Photo by Samantha McPherson
A weekend that revolved around motorbikes is one Harley
Shuttleworth will not forget.
Harley has been fighting bilateral Wilms tumours for two
years. The tumours, on his kidneys, have grown back twice
this year and his body can no longer handle surgery and
intensive rounds of chemotherapy.
It has been decided palliative care is Harley's best option.
Harley's mother, Melissa, sought Star readers' help to create
some happy memories for her son, and several Dunedin
motorbike enthusiasts answered the call.
Harley's face lit up when he saw a 1989 Yamaha FZR 400R, a
2005 Suzuki GN250 and a 2010 Harley Davidson Road King
waiting for him on Saturday. He walked straight over to the
Road King and told owner Garry McLennan it was his
Mr McLennan gave Harley a jacket, his own helmet and a
''lucky'' scarf to wear before he took Harley for a ride
around Green Island.
''That boy has got taste. He kept saying `fast, fast, fast'.
The look on his face when he saw the bikes just made it so
worthwhile. He really enjoyed it. We will be organising
something else for him, so watch this space,'' Mr McLennan
Mr McLennan, along with Anthony Stones-Haig and Slade Miller
gave Harley two mini model motorbikes to keep at the end of
his ride. Harley also enjoyed revving Mr Stones-Haig's and Mr
The excitement continued on Sunday when Paul Barron picked up
Harley and took him for a cruise on the back of his
custom-built V8 trike - from Halfway Bush, around town, out
to St Clair and back.
Mr Barron said Harley, equipped with his own helmet and
sunglasses, enjoyed sitting in the driver's seat.
''He walked around the trike when I arrived and his face lit
up. He absolutely loved it.''
Ms Shuttleworth said the look on Harley's face was
''He enjoyed both rides a lot and talked about it for the
rest of the day. He was so excited. Thank you for bringing so
much joy to Harley's life. It is something we will treasure
for a long time,'' she said.
IF YOU CAN HELP HARLEY CREATE SOME HAPPY MEMORIES, CONTACT
- by Samantha McPherson