COUNTRY HOSPITALITY: Bob Keers on his Oz Trike 4 with his wife Rhonda (left), sister-in-law Brenda Bani (second from right) and a couple of customers.
COUNTRY HOSPITALITY: Bob Keers on his Oz Trike 4 with his wife Rhonda (left), sister-in-law Brenda Bani (second from right) and a couple of customers. Christian Morrow

Big-hearted Bob’s charity hits home in Brunswick Heads

IN TRUE laid-back Brunswick Heads style, Bob Keers can often be spotted sitting comfortably outside his iconic shop, Whatever, greeting tourists like long-lost mates.

For many campers, no holiday is complete without a visit to the rainbow store.

But little is known about the acts of charity and compassion that set Bob apart from the commercial crowd.

The trail of wheelchairs leading to his Trike tours testify to the trust families put in him and his co-driver, Mark.

Heather Angus from Brisbane, whose son River relies on a wheelchair, said Bob epitomised the country town camaraderie of days gone by, foregoing profits and giving back to the community.

Bob can often be seen taking those with disabilities for a sightseeing spin around town and last week he donated the proceeds from his Trike tours to Ronald McDonald House.

“True to character, Bob recently celebrated his 60th birthday holding a fundraiser, asking his friends not to bring presents but to make a donation to charity,” said Ms Angus

Bob has owned his shop for 11 years and has been doing his Trike tours for the past three years

“Bruns is a close-knit community with plenty to offer and the spirit of volunteer-ism is alive and well here,” Bob said with humility.

“Whatever I can give back, I will.”


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