Vandalism puts club out of pocket
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.