SOAPBOX: Stealing from a charity is a low act

DEDICATING yourself to helping the world's most vulnerable people can leave you in a vulnerable position.

That is the case for Nambour-based charity Neighbours Aid Community Stores, which is struggling to defend itself from repeated break-ins.

Neighbours Aid Community Store manager Luke Zanetti has improved security at the Howard St warehouse site but his frontage to a creek area is hard to make theft-proof.

People keep climbing the 2m fence around the large yard.

The most recent break-in, earlier this month, was the worst of the lot.

Once inside the yard, thieves were able to remove window louvres and squeeze through a very small gap between steel mesh and the window.

They helped themselves to an array of equipment, most of which had been generously donated.

It appeared that chairs from inside were used to stand on while the heavy gear was lugged back over the fence.

Neighbours Aid relies on donations and the sale of donated goods to fund its efforts helping poor children in Kenya and Malawi as well as India.

Volunteers dedicate their time to making that happen.

Mr Zanetti said he was saddened and disappointed by the theft.

He is desperate for the return of the items to avoid having to rely on further goodwill.

Any theft is selfish.

But to take from a charity and its volunteers whose business is genuinely aimed at helping others is a particularly low act.

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