Mystery woman saves day after donation stolen

IN THE space of 24 hours, Tessa Kajewski experienced the best and worst aspects of human nature.

The mother-of-three spent months raising funds to help aero-medical charity CareFlight to build a new wooden deck at its Toowoomba hangar.

She and her family left their Glenvale home for a rare restaurant dinner on Friday, only to return two hours later to a ransacked house.

The $5500 she had raised for CareFlight had been stolen, the front door left wide open.

However, there was a light at the end of the tunnel.

Ms Kajewski's sister went to Facebook to alert the community of the theft.

SICKENING BLOW: Tessa Kajewski and daughter Nicchia Uebergang sit beside the front door which thieves entered to steal $5500 raised for CareFlight.
SICKENING BLOW: Tessa Kajewski and daughter Nicchia Uebergang sit beside the front door which thieves entered to steal $5500 raised for CareFlight. Bev Lacey

Within a day, Ms Kajewski received a phone call from a Toowoomba woman who wanted to reimburse every cent of the stolen money.

"We left to dinner at about 5.40pm which was unusual, because we always have someone here in the house," Ms Kajewski said.

"We got home at 7.40pm and the front door was open.

"I put the baby down in the lounge room, ran to my bedroom and noticed all the drawers were open.

"Stuff was everywhere and the safe tin with all the money was gone."

An iPad and other valuable belongings had all been dropped at the front door of the Panorama Dr home, leading Ms Kajewski to believe the thieves found the money and gave up on the rest of their spoils.

The specialist medical and aviation teams on-board RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s community helicopters have already performed 38 missions in May.
The specialist medical and aviation teams on-board RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s community helicopters have already performed 38 missions in May. RACQ

The CareFlight deck is expected to cost $12,000 to build.

When Ms Kajewski learned her months of cent raffles and appealing to Toowoomba businesses for donations were in vain, she was sickened.

"We've been living here for 25 years and we've never had any problem," she said.

Ms Kajewski said she would be eternally grateful to the woman, who wished to remain nameless, who called to donate the $5500 shortfall.

"CareFlight and I would like to thank her from the bottom of our hearts," she said.

"She has done a beautiful thing."

Police are investigating.


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