Elderly volunteer 'shaken' from dangerous brick attack

UPDATE 4pm:

AN 80-year-old Team RSPCA Gladstone volunteer was driving a charity van to a New Auckland home when he heard "one hell of a bang".

The back window shattered after a brick was hurled at the moving vehicle on Sunday night.

Team RSPCA Gladstone van coordinator Jolanda Borchers and president Nicole Allison next to the damage caused to their van after a brick was hurled at it.
Team RSPCA Gladstone van coordinator Jolanda Borchers and president Nicole Allison next to the damage caused to their van after a brick was hurled at it. Tegan Annett

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President Nicole Allison said the volunteer, who was "quite shaken", saw a group of young kids running away after the attack on Wattle St.

Ms Allison, still frustrated after $270 was stolen during a break-in at the centre in April, said it the van accident was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"The fact they were waiting with a brick for the next car to come past is scary, they're going to do it again," Ms Allison said.

"If not even a charity can be left out of this type of vandalism, that's really sad to see.

"It could've been much worse if there was a dog in the back or someone not as in control of the car was driving and swerved off the road."

She pleaded for anyone who may have seen someone throw the brick at their car, or anything suspicious, to call the Gladstone Police.

Recently $5000 was spent on servicing and repairing the van.

A brick was thrown through the back window of a Friends of RSPCA Gladstone van on Sunday night.
A brick was thrown through the back window of a Friends of RSPCA Gladstone van on Sunday night.

Equally as valuable as donations, is the little time and effort the group's volunteers already have, that will be spent working to repair the smashed window, Ms Allison said.

Ms Allison said the not-for-profit organisation has battled for donations this year as struggling locals tighten their purses.

"It's been horrible this year, we're even struggling to get food donations."

The group is exploring their insurance options to fix the window and Novas Gladstone has also offered to repair it at cost price.

Earlier:

A GLADSTONE volunteer was left shaken and frightened after a brick was thrown at the van they were driving, smashing the back window.

It's the latest blow to Team RSPCA Gladstone, after their centre was broken in to and $270 was stolen in April.

The senior volunteer was driving along Wattle St, New Auckland, around 6pm last night when the brick was hurled at the charity van.

 

A brick was thrown through the back window of a Friends of RSPCA Gladstone van on Sunday night.
A brick was thrown through the back window of a Friends of RSPCA Gladstone van on Sunday night.

"We honestly can't think who would want to do this to a local charity - what on earth does it achieve," they wrote on Facebook.

Recently more than $5000 was spent to repair and service the van.

"So to have this happen is extremely disheartening," they said.

They said the senior volunteer was "quite shaken" after the attack.

The charity's supporters described it as "disgusting and horrible", responding to their Facebook post.

"Bloody disgraceful. What goes through people's minds to do this?" Kelly Anne Jeffries wrote.

The incident has been reported to Gladstone Police.



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