THIEVES have broken into and burgled the Spence office of not-for-profit charity Cerebral Palsy Alliance twice in two days.
The first break-in was discovered when staff arrived at the Crofts Crescent office for the start of the working week, where the front door had been kicked in and the office ransacked. The second break in occurred overnight on Monday, causing more damage to the centre.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance CEO Rob White said the thieves smashed furniture and left broken glass, and items stolen included laptops, a digital camera, and valuable auction items being stored for the charity’s upcoming Spring Fashion Parade.
‘We are devastated by this damage to our centre and the loss of valuable auction items less than a fortnight before one of our major fundraisers for the year, the Spring Fashion Parade to be held on election day’, Mr White said.
‘We had a signed 2013 Brumbies jersey in a glass frame, which was to be a major draw card at the Spring Fashion Parade auction. The thieves smashed the glass frame and stole the jersey, along with other auction items which had been so generously donated by our many supporters.
‘To have our office ransacked twice in two days is simply unfathomable and is just heartbreaking for staff and the many children and adults with cerebral palsy that we support.”
Each year, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance team provides essential support and services for more than 140 children and adults with cerebral palsy from the ACT and surrounding districts.
‘”The ongoing support we receive from the ACT community, government and corporate sectors is deeply appreciated, and we won’t let this set back impact on our plans for a successful Spring Fashion Parade on 7th September,” Mr White said.
“We are confident that, with the community’s support, this year’s Spring Fashion Parade will be bigger and better than ever.”