Rockhampton just keeps responding to calls for help



THE Christmas spirit of 17 student swimmers has been saved after their presents were stolen from a North Rockhampton swimming centre on Wednesday.

Three Rockhampton businesses have donated presents from goggles and sunglasses to bags and remote control cars to the Learn to Swim Class, after 18year-old swimming instructor Cassie Day voiced her story over SeaFM's Smithy and Blunty morning show yesterday.

Ms Day said she was overwhelmed by the support of Threads for Kids, Pacific Blue Pool Services and Repco.

She said she was shocked to find the presents had been stolen, after she had bought them out of her own pocket.

Ms Day said she wanted to thank the local businesses for their support.

Daniel "Smithy'' Smith said it was nice to see Central Queensland still showing its Christmas spirit, despite the amount of negativity about Christmas recently.

"We spoke to Cassie at about 8.30am and by 9am all the presents were sorted and ready to go,'' he said.

"We had phone calls in an in- stant and she wasn't ringing in for help.''

Repco salesman Gordon Begent said he heard Ms Day's story and wanted to do anything to help.

"It's a great feeling to help someone in need like this,'' he said.

Threads for Kids owner Sally Barnes said she heard the story over the radio while on her way to work.

"I've got kids myself ..."

Pacific Blue Pool Services owner Jason Hackney said it was a matter of looking on the bright side of things.

His business donated swimming goggles and toys.



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