BBQ theft low blow for Lions

Lowood Lions president Yvonne Hawkins was disheartened by the theft of the club's trailer and all their barbecue equipment. Picture: GRACE CRICHTON

A club dedicated to the community was left shattered after the theft of their fundraising equipment.

Lowood Lions Club’s box trailer, containing their barbecue, gas bottles, eskies, and utensils was stolen from a member’s private property at Tarampa in mid February.

President Yvonne Hawkins said the loss has cut off their ability to raise money for the community.

“We can’t fundraise,” she said.

“We’re disheartened. It’s really hard.

“The motto of Lions is ‘We Serve’, and it’s very hard to serve when you haven’t got the equipment.”

The loss is compounded by a history of theft, vandalism, and break-ins to the Lions’ buildings on Railway St.

Over the past year, soft drinks and empty cans have been taken from the shed, the den windows broken, and the taps at the Open Door gallery damaged.

“Every time I go past, I’m looking to see if there’s anything broken or smashed,” Mrs Hawkins said.

Mrs Hawkins said they have reported the theft to the police and posted on social media, but she does not hold much hope of the trailer being returned.

“The trouble is we’ve got insurance but it’s two separate insurances, one for the trailer and one for the contents,” she said.

“And they’re both $500 excess so we’re up for $1,000.

“Our funds are going down before we can get the trailer back to do more fundraising.

“Maybe somebody kind will give us a trailer.

“And we’d be willing to put their name on it.”

Sausage sizzles are the Lions’ main source of fundraising, channelling the money to help families in need or support community groups.

They had also planned more free sausage sizzles for the community.

Without a barbecue, these plans are crushed.

Mrs Hawkins said the trailer could be left at the gallery on Railway St, no questions asked.

“We want it back. Just give it back,” she said.

“It’s not fair what you’re doing, it just isn’t.”

The trailer is a grey 8×5 box trailer, identifiable by a Lions sticker on the tail gate, registration DH0867.

Reports can be made to Lowood Police or Crime Stoppers, reference number 9350456.