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People with a disability at Endeavour Foundation Learning & Lifestyle Ingham will be missing out on some of their favourite activities after callous thieves robbed the service of over $4,000 worth of equipment and cash.
After returning after the Christmas break Service Co-ordinator Cecilia Ballais was horrified to discover state-of-the-art equipment purchased with a grant from the Grambling Community Benefit Fund was gone.
A 50-inch Plasma television, Nintendo Wii, digital camera, a monitor from the only staff computer and some petty cash were stolen.
“At first I hoped that a staff member had moved them without telling me, but then I saw the holes in the wall where the plasma TV had been removed by its mountings,” Cecilia said sorrowfully.
“The worst part is everything taken was so important to the service - the Nintendo Wii was so much more than a game console.
It was a learning tool, encouraging team work and interaction.
“We even used it as part of our fitness activities to support our clients to develop and maintain their fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
“The plasma‟s generous size meant that clients with vision difficulties were able to enjoy a movie during our "chill out" afternoons.” It was the thieves‟ boldness that shocked the service which is located just across the road from the local Police station.
While everything is insured, a large excess means it will take time before the items can be replaced.
In the meantime photography activities have been suspended and staff are using a computer intended for use by clients.
Learning and Lifestyle services provide tailor-designed opportunities for people with a disability to enhance their independence, confidence, community involvement and life choices.
People using the service have a personal plan focussed on their whole-of-life needs.
If anyone has any information about the theft, which was among several that occurred in the area, please the Police on (07) 4776 5500. Or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 (free call) or email CrimeStoppers.QLD@police.qld.gov.au. All call and emails can remain anonymous.
Vanessa Boman, Media and Communications Coordinator
Phone:(07) 3908 7254 , 0423 842 327
Fax: (07) 3253 7271