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Grief turns to joy for Scouts

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019

Emily Jones and the Third Broken Hill Sea Scouts had their wool bales full of bottles and cans stolen over the weekend, but that won’t stop them because of all the help offered yesterday. The scouts are preparing to hold another bottle drive on the weekend. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Emily Jones and the Third Broken Hill Sea Scouts had their wool bales full of bottles and cans stolen over the weekend, but that won’t stop them because of all the help offered yesterday. The scouts are preparing to hold another bottle drive on the weekend. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

The Third Broken Hill Sea Scouts had five bales of plastic bottles and cans that they were planning to sell as a fundraiser stolen from their premises over the weekend.

But when the news hit town yesterday, the scouts were inundated with offers of help.

Scouts’ spokeswoman Kellie Molloy said they had sorted all the bottles and cans, worth about $400, the week before but came in on the weekend to find them gone.

“They are kept in the backyard of the hall,” Ms Molloy said.

“It looks like whoever did it came through the front gate.

“You couldn’t see the bottles as you walk past the hall and, as it has happened before to us, maybe someone was keeping an eye on the yard.

“It is really scary.”

Ms Molloy said the previous fundraiser was to send the Scouts to a Jamboree but the bottles were stolen before they could sell them.

“This time we were fundraising for the kids to go to a Cuboree.

“It’s devastating because we are a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to helping kids.”

But the shining light has been the outpouring of public support yesterday, Ms Molloy said.

“We’ve had a really positive response from the community, the generosity has been amazing.

“We received an anonymous donation of $1,000, Quota Club donated $300 and the Cinema’s Ashton Wren said he would donate CCTV to install at the hall.

“People have also been ringing us to donate cans and bottles.”

Ms Molloy said they will also be running a bottle drive over the weekend if anyone else would like to donate.

“The response has been really lovely. For us, it is about sending 26 kids to Sydney for the Cuboree.

“If anyone wants to they can donate bottles any time. We will sort the collection this weekend.”

Ms Molloy said the Cuboree was always fun for the kids because they got to meet scouts from across Australia.

“They get to meet like-minded kids, all with adventurous attitudes, and take part in really great activities.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the bottle drive may call Sophie Angell on 8087 4546.

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