A burglar broke into the Cayman Islands Cancer Society office early Tuesday and stole cash raised by the local community in what representatives of the organisation called a despicable act.
Surveillance video of the break-in shows one person, wearing jeans and a blue hoodie, scaling a fence at the rear of the building in George Town, and jimmying open and climbing through a back window.
Cancer Society Operations Manager Jennifer Weber explained: “It happened at around 3 in the morning. The individual apparently unscrewed the floodlights, broke the electric meter and got inside. Once inside, the person went through the drawers looking for cash.” She said the money stolen was cash raised from the sale of Christmas cards designed by St. Ignatius School students, as well as Movember fund-raising, memberships, petty cash and T-shirt money.
“The thief took the charity Christmas card money,” said Ms Weber. “Little children made the art for those cards for us so they could help us raise money to help the poor sick people. As a mom, I hate that St. Ignatius school children will hear that some bad guy stole the money the kids helped us raise. The kids should have their faith in humanity confirmed at Christmas time; they should not learn that bad guys are out there stealing money from their purely charitable acts of kindness.”
Ms Weber said she was “stunned” that the burglary happened at a time “when people know the need is the greatest”.
“We give direct financial aid to people sick with cancer. So many people are giving to help us help others. To know someone would do this makes me shake my head in disgust, though I do believe this is only one bad apple and not a representation of our community. We see the goodness and kindness of our community every day in this job,” she said. The burglary has not deterred the Cancer Society from continuing its fundraising efforts, however.
“Our next big community event is the annual walk/run Stride Against Cancer,” said Ms Weber. “Mark my words… we are going to work extra hard to make this the greatest Stride ever because we really want to shine a spotlight on all the good, supportive, kind-hearted and generous community where we all live.” The 2013 Stride Against Cancer will be held on Sunday, 27 January.
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