Van­dal­ism puts club out of pocket

South Waikato News - - What’s On - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A sense­less spate of van­dal­ism at chil­dren’s ath­letic club has left the club no choice but to ask for help.

The Toko­roa Ju­nior Ath­letic and Har­ri­ers Club had their win­dows and se­cu­rity lights smashed over the week­end.

Trea­surer San­dra Hawkins said she was frus­trated at the dam­age be­cause they didn’t have the money to get ev­ery­thing fixed.

So she’s plucked up the courage to ap­proach busi­nesses in town for do­na­tions of wood, glass and paint.

‘‘We’re go­ing to make shut­ters be­cause it’s just too ex­pen­sive and a cage for the lights,’’ she said.

This is the sec­ond time this year the club has been the vic­tim of van­dal­ism.

Hawkins said the first at­tack to win­dows and the out­door speaker sys­tem put them a few hun­dred dol­lars out of pocket.

Even then the club re­lied on the gen­eros­ity of busi­nesses to have the re­pairs done at a cheaper rate.

Hawkins was alerted to the re­cent dam­age on Sun­day.

She is hop­ing some­one in the com­mu­nity can help find who was re­spon­si­ble.

She didn’t want fam­i­lies to think that the club would be spend­ing money they’d al­ready helped fundraise for on re­pair­ing the van­dal­ism.

‘‘We spend a lot of time mak­ing it nice for the kids.’’

The club has had to make do with what they have. This has re­sulted in board­ing up the win­dows dam­aged in the past.

‘‘I hated it. It looks like an eye­sore but we have no money to do any­thing about it.’’

Pres­i­dent of The Toko­roa Ju­nior Ath­letic and Har­ri­ers Club, Phil Jenk­ins and trea­surer San­dra Hawkins are board­ing up dam­aged win­dows un­til they can af­ford to get shut­ters made.

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