Cash stolen from city?s cancer kids

By DARRYN NUFER

A "GUARDIAN angel'' for Central Queensland children with cancer was reduced to tears this week when a thief stole about $400 from her charity organisation.

Trish Bowman, area manager of Camp Quality, had been working alone at the charity's William Street base in Rockhampton on Wednesday, when the culprit struck.

Ms Bowman was out the back preparing for this weekend's Sensational Sunday Car Run fundraiser.

She heard someone enter the front shop and she called out "Won't be a moment''.

She then received a phone call and by the time she made it out to the shop it was empty.

It was not until someone later came in to register for the Car Run that she discovered the money missing.

"I was absolutely devastated,'' she said.

Mount Archer Lions Club secretary Bernadette Harris noticed Ms Bowman was upset during a telephone conversation later that day.

Ms Harris: "She didn't cry over the money, she cried over what this world had come to.''

The stolen money would have sent one of CQ's 34 children with cancer to the annual fun camp next month.

However, this story had a fairytale ending yesterday, when the real face of charity was found in the people of the Mount Archer Lions Club.

They donated a $500 cheque to Camp Quality.



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