Sea Scouts hit
Monday, 12th February, 2018
By Michael Murphy
A campaign to raise money to send a Broken Hill Sea Scout troop to the 2019 Australian Jamboree has been dealt a huge blow.
One of the parents arrived at the Iodide Street Scout hall yesterday morning to discover a heartless thief had pinched three full wool bale bags of cans and bottles worth about $300.
The thieves struck sometime between Friday afternoon and yesterday morning, and it appears they used a trailer or ute from the lane behind the hall.
They tried to steal a fourth bale but it got stuck between the gate and fence, so they had to leave it behind.
The scouts had been gradually adding to their can and bottle bounty over the past six months, specifically sorting the donations from locals to go toward their Jamboree bid.
They were intending to cash-in their haul at Channings Bottle Yard, to take advantage of the new container deposit scheme that now includes beer cans.
Scout leader Trevor Dart said they were planning to send between six to ten scouts (plus leaders) to the Jamboree - which is held every three years - and it would cost about $1700 per scout.
He said bottle drives were a big part of their fundraising efforts, and Broken Hill residents always provided great support.
The scouts also cook barbecues and make donuts (the best in town) at community events to help raise cash.
If you have a fundraising opportunity for the Sea Scouts, call them on 8088 7907.
If you have information about the theft call local police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.