Kids fed up with thefts

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The kids at Barnar­dos Early Learn­ing Cen­tre in Can­nons Creek can’t wait for their re­place­ment couch so they can snug­gle with their favourite books again.

The cen­tre has been bur­gled three times in the past 12 months, the lat­est in­ci­dent oc­curred over the week­end of Oc­to­ber 27. Head teacher Keryn Doyle says the teach­ers were ‘‘re­ally, re­ally bummed out’’ to arrive on Oc­to­ber 29 to find their out­door couch gone.

‘‘ They must have been re­ally strong to heave that over our fence, they must re­alise they’re steal­ing from this community’s kids.’’

The cen­tre is be­ing steadily re­vived, Ms Doyle says, and hav­ing break-ins, and items stolen is gut­ting. Money to re­place these things comes from an ‘‘ ex­tremely tight’’ bud­get.

She has con­tacted me­dia not be­cause they want their couch re­placed – an­other one has al­ready been do­nated – but to alert the community and send out a mes­sage of ‘‘please stop’’ to the thieves.

‘‘We’re a community-based or­gan­i­sa­tion and we want these chil­dren to have the best things that we can af­ford. But fam­i­lies around here are strug­gling and we can’t ex­pect them to chip in and help us re­place stuff that is stolen.

‘‘Ev­ery­one’s cross about the couch, that was some­where the kids could sit and snug­gle and read, and they’re aware that some­one, prob­a­bly from nearby, is steal­ing from them.’’

Ms Doyle says their site, down a long drive­way off Driver Cres, makes them a plum tar­get. While Ar­mour­gard do check the build­ing reg­u­larly over the week­end, it can’t be watched 24/ 7 and they can’t af­ford ex­tra se­cu­rity mea­sures.

‘‘We don’t want to put up big­ger fenc­ing or barbed wire, it’s a place for chil­dren, not a prison.’’

What couch?: Head teacher Keryn Doyle and kids from Barnar­dos ask­ing: ‘Where’s our couch?’’

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