Stockdale & leggo
I am from Melbourne and run a Real Estate business in Shanghai, China
that helps expatriates find residential housing when moving here.
I am an avid reader of Melbourne newspapers every morning and was
deeply disturbed to read the article on the loss of Father Bob’s
Hopemobile. It seems that because of concerns about a small group of
riders hundreds of needy have been affected during the cold winter
I am a motorcyclists and before coming to Shanghai was the Victorian
State Secretary of the Motorcycle Riders Association of Australia.
During my time there I saw tens of thousands of motorcyclists give
time and money to charities such as the Salvation Army via our highly
successful Toy Runs and the Blood Bank via our Blood Runs. Many of
these riders found friendship in various motorcycle clubs but it did
not stop them from contributing to those less needy.
Your organization also understands the need to assist many who are
struggling in our society. You demonstrate your commitment to
charities by holding events such as the Stockdale & Leggo Charity Golf
Day and the Annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast BBQ to raise money for breast
cancer. You raise funds for Kids Helpline and sponsor The State
Trustees Charity Ball for Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria. Even item no
10 on the Stockdale & Leggo Garage Sale Advice writes “Plan for
leftovers, charities might have more use for them than you!”.
Given your organizations major support of many charities I can not for
the life of me understand then why you want to undermine the work of
one beloved, hard working elderly priest in the last years of his
I have spoken this evening to a close friend of Father Bob and checked
the story for accuracy. I was told the vehicle was photographed
earlier then removed from his place at night. I was told that Father
Bob had to garner a lot of support from many people with private
vehicles to deliver much needed foods around town. Thus is his
comittment to those in need.
Peter, I wish to join in the support for Father Bob and strongly urge
you to find it in your heart to return the Hopemobile so that he can
continue his much needed work. I am sure Stockdale & Leggo do not need
this kind of negative publicity undoing all the good work that you
have done in the past. Maybe you can call the vehicle the Stockdale &
Leggo Hopemobile in support of your generosity.
I do look forward to reading a very happy ending to this new story and
thank you for taking the time to read my appeal.
Donations to help Father Bob help Melbourne's poor and perhaps replace his Hopemobile
can be sent to:
Fr BOB MAGUIRE FOUNDATION
91 Victoria Street, Albert Park, Vic. 3205.
Online donations can be made through PayPal.
Call Judy on 03 9861 3255 for more information.
Heather Ellis and Father Bob.
Please help. Even a small donation is a lot to someone who has nothing.
Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group