SUFFERING from a degenerative knee condition, Glen Sutton has received a new scooter.
A Lake Wendouree and North Melbourne die-hard fan, he sees every Lakers match, helping with time keeping and the scoreboard and is a valued member of the club.
Mr Sutton, known as Roo Boy, has ridden his bike around town for years, but now even that is becoming dangerous with his knees continuously locking.
Lake Wendouree club vice president Gavin Maher knew about his condition’s rapid deterioration and that something must be done.
“I’d watched how quickly he’d declined over the season and I knew something had to happen,” Mr Maher said.
He planned for the club to hold a number of fundraisers to buy a scooter for Mr Sutton, but when he approached Paul Harris of Southern Cross Scootas, the response was “why wait?”.
“Why should Glen wait for it and wait for the money to be raised when we could give it to him now?” Mr Harris said.
The scooter was presented to Mr Sutton at the club’s best and fairest night on Friday.
“I didn’t know what to say ... I was so shocked,” Mr Sutton said.
“Tears came down.”
Paul Harris has been running Southern Cross Scootas for only three months and is still operating the business from home.
“When Gav told me how Glen was struggling to walk, I was just happy to help,” Mr Harris said.
Mr Harris said the scooter he provided retailed for about $4500.
“The scooter gives Glen back his independence ... he can now go and do simple things, like the shopping, without the pain and grief of trying to walk.”
With plastic still over the seat, Mr Sutton intends to put a North Melbourne cover over the seat as well as fly a Lakers flag to show his footy allegiances.