Silver Fern Hire Car's Peter Bedford.
Silver Fern Hire Car's Peter Bedford.

'I could see the fear in their faces'

WITH their life's belongings hastily thrown into the back of a hire car, two women were driven to a refuge at a secret location, a couple of weeks ago.

"I could see the fear in their faces," said Peter Bedford, owner of the Silver Fern hire car which took the mothers to safety. 

"They had absolutely nothing.

"They had their kids with them, and I wondered if I could do something to help, and that's what made me donate two cars."

With little fuss or self-promotion, Mr Bedford's Wollongbar-based business, which has expanded from two to six hire cars two years, gave away two near-new vehicles this week.

Instead of selling the two outdated fleet cars, to be replaced by upgraded models, Mr Bedford gifted them through a Facebook post.

"The response was overwhelming, but that's definitely not what this is all about," Mr Bedford said.

"This is actually about just making someone smile on Christmas day.

"We've grown a lot and we are just trying to put something back into the community through our business.

"It's not hard to be kind, that's my philosophy."


A Mazda 4WD hatch with ample room to fit baggage will be donated to a women's refuge on Monday.

A Ford Falcon Sedan was donated to an Alstonville man in his early 20s, so he can get to work.

"He's just a nice honest kid," Mr Bedford said.

"He asked if he can have the car to get to work safely, and that's what struck me.

"The young fellow actually gave me a little cash, $500 was everything he had, I will spend that on Christmas hampers on Monday."

Peter Bedford.
Peter Bedford.

Silver Fern Hire Car fleet services corporate and private clients, which gives Mr Bedford a unique insight into the community.

"We cater to everybody, we go pick up judges in Brisbane and take them to local courts and then we get the guy that's struggling to get home," he said.

"Some of these kids ring me and they're sitting in the gutters at Byron Bay and we get a real buzz when we're thanked by their parents, getting them home safely.

"There's actually a lot of families out there doing it tough right now."

Mr Bedford expects to give away another vehicle in the next 12 months, when his fleet is updated with the latest car models again.

The vehicles have been professionally maintained and are in excellent condition.

Contact Mr Bedford on: 0487501751

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