Thieves steal computer from local charity
By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE charities have been forced to deal with dead animals and rubbish in their charity bins, but now they have been hit again ? this time by thieves.
It came as no surprise to St.Vincent de Paul managers when they found a computer and equipment, worth $2500 to replace, had been stolen from their office at the weekend.
In a separate incident, the Salvation Army charity store in Oaka Lane was also broken into, but nothing stolen.
St Vincent de Paul Society of Gladstone president Ron Clough was disappointed that people would resort to stealing from a charity.
'Every single bit of money goes to the poor and needy,'' Mr Clough said.
'We don't get any government funding, the people of Gladstone do that.'
St Vincent de Paul Society manager Brian McLoughlin was one of the first on the scene
'Sadly, I've been here too long and I'm not stunned,' Mr McLoughlin said.
He can remember a breakin only two years ago and was frustrated to see it happen again.
'I got a panic call, he came in to work on the computer but there was nothing there,'' Mr McLoughlin said.
'It's a great disappointment that we work so hard to help people and this happens.'
Earlier this year The Observer reported that some residents had taken to dumping their household rubbish at charity bins each week to save on taking it to the council tip.
Endeavour Foundation volunteers even found a dead dog among the items left in one of their Gladstone charity bins in January.
The amount of rubbish being dumped at charity bins is so high that Gladstone City Council has been forced to consider charging the charities a dumping fee.
Just one third of what is placed into the charity bins is able to be used and Mr Clough said '"people dump rubbish on charities all the time'.
'I think the overall attitude of the corporate and general public is excellent but there's a small element in our society that do unload some of their rubbish on us,' Mr Clough said.