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PCYC feels the love

Friday, 27th April, 2018

PCYC manager Heather Smith PCYC manager Heather Smith

By By Myles Burt

The PCYC has been showered with support from the local community after the centre was broken into a few days before the school holidays started.

PCYC manager Heather Smith said it was quite devastating when they found out they had been broken into.

However, the emotions really flowed when they saw the support afterwards from locals.

Ms Smith said people where sending their thoughts, a helping hand and financial donations.

The Silver City Cinema is holding a movie fundraiser, The Astra is donating a food and drinks voucher as a raffle prize, and Derrick Lindt is organising an art auction for the PCYC.

“We’ve been absolutely blown away by the support,” Heather said.

The break-in came at a bad time, with the PCYC in full preparation mode for their upcoming intake of children for school holidays.

With crucial property being stolen, it was a large step back for staff, according to Ms Smith.

“Having all that information when the computer and your backup all goes as well, it took a lot out of us,” she said.

“So we had a lot of work that needed to get done again in a very, very short period of time.”

Ms Smith said the donations had been overwhelming.

“If there’s any surplus we just pour it back into the club,” she said.

“Our theory is surplus for a purpose.”

With the school holidays now in full swing, the children have been a great distraction.

“The kids are still nice and merry and having a great time.”

Ms Smith said the PCYC also received a warm visit from the NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller and the President of the Children’s Court of NSW, Judge Peter Johnstone as they travelled though Broken Hill.

“We’ve had support not only from the local community ... they were just letting us know that they were here to support us and that means a lot.”

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