Mackay charity workers 'gut-wrenched' after cruel theft
A MACKAY not-for-profit organisation has been targeted by a callous thief.
Kidney Support Network branch coordinator Rebekka Murray said she felt "gut-wrenched” when she discovered one of the work vehicles had been stolen overnight.
The vehicle was used to transport kidney dialysis patients to and from hospital, a service the Sydney Street organisation has been offering for years.
"They broke in through the front door and ransacked the office until they found the car keys,” Ms Murray said.
"This is the second car we have had stolen from us this year.”
Ms Murray said the transport vehicle was used about three times a week.
She said it would now be difficult to provide the same level of service to patients.
"We have a number of volunteers who drive the patients to hospital for treatment and people really rely on that transport,” she said.
"Some people are elderly or really ill and they might not have a family member who can take them to the hospital and that's where we come in.
"It's really upsetting that thieves would target a charity, it takes us a long time to raise enough money to purchase a vehicle.”
Ms Murray's mother, Elizabeth Williams, started the Mackay Kidney Support Network branch nine and a half years ago.
She said it was disheartening to see so much hard work and passion go down the drain.
Police are investigating the theft of the white Holden Captiva.