VICTOR HARBOR – The Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation plays a major role in the community, transporting cancer sufferers to Adelaide for treatment and providing wigs for patients.
However, during Easter, the foundation’s volunteers were shocked to discover it was a victim of a break-in.
Stolen from the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation were 60 wigs, two laptops, cash and a vehicle. There was also property damage at Carrickalinga House where the volunteer group is based.
The Mitsubishi hybrid is valued at approximately $50,000 and was donated to the foundation by the McIlroy Auto Group.
Chair of the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation Ian McCallum said the theft occurred sometime over the Easter break and the vehicle was recovered at 6am on Wednesday, April 19.
“The car has a few scratches, but overall it is still intact. We are still missing the keys to the building and the keys to the car which were taken. We have cancelled the phone and petrol card which was in the car,” Mr McCallum said.
“It is disappointing thieves would target our foundation. We only try to do good for our community and the service we offer is so important for the many cancer sufferers on the Fleurieu.
“This will handicap our operation in the short term, as we normally take 100 patients a month for treatment in Adelaide.
“We receive no government support and rely entirely on public donations and sponsorship.”
Mr McCallum said someone pinching 60 wigs was unbelievable.
“These people are totally thoughtless and devoid of any character.
“To steal wigs which mean so much to the self esteem of cancer sufferers is a cowardly act. You cannot put a dollar value on what the wigs mean to cancer sufferers.”
The Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation has approximately 30 volunteer drivers, 15 who help at the reception desk and more than 80 members.
The group’s volunteers are resilient, but Mr McCallum said this type of action made one question what is happening in society when thieves target an organisation which only helps those in need and impacts on people who are undergoing life-changing treatment.
“We will dust ourselves off and continue to provide our valuable service to the people affected by cancer. The thieves are a minority and we know the community appreciates what we do and we are so thankful to the individuals and business who donate funds so we can continue to operate,” Mr McCallum said.
To contact the foundation phone 8552 9304 between 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.