Town pitches in to help homeless man on bicycle

Sixty-one-year-old was hauling his possessions from Penticton to Hope

Several Princeton residents including police officers and two passersby conspired last Saturday to help a homeless man travelling through town.

“A concerned citizen phoned us about a 61-year-old man. He was riding a bicycle and towing a bicycle cart and seemed to have all his worldly possessions with him,” said RCMP Sergeant Barry Kennedy. “They were concerned this guy was having difficulty because the weather was bad.”

The call was made at 6 p.m.

When police located the man they learned he had left early in the day from Penticton and was trying to cycle to Hope. “He was a bit confused as to how far away Hope was…We managed to convince him that it wasn’t a good idea to try to make it there at nighttime.”

Two passersby stopped to see if they could help.

“They saw us dealing with him on the side of the road and asked if there was anything they could do,” said Kennedy.

“The two separate Good Samaritans arranged and paid for accommodations for him, and a meal, at the Sandman so that he would be able to stay for the night and be warm and fed in the morning when he started off again.”

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