Kristy appeal tin stolen from cafe counter
A CAFE manager said the theft of a donation tin for the Kristy Thomson Appeal from her store is both "disgusting and disappointing".
Myrsini Stratis said the donation tin was stolen from Le Brew Caffe in Strath Village Shopping Centre on Thursday afternoon.
"It's a really low act," she said.
"It's just not on.
"When you are trying to promote a good thing and people put their money in it - it's not fair."
The donations are intended to provide assistance to Kristy Thomson and her family following the death of Kristy's daughter Patiya in December.
Patiya was killed when a tree fell in Rosalind Park.
Ms Stratis said the tin had been siting on the cafe counter for the past three weeks and was three-quarters full.
"It was one of those baby formula tins, so it was pretty big," she said.
"It had been painted and a (banner) put around the outside explaining what it was for."
Ms Stratis said she was desperate for the tin to be returned.
"We want someone to return it or if anyone has heard of where it went that would help," she said.
Kristy Thomson Appeal fundraising committee chairman Michael McKern said the theft was a hit to the community.
"It is pretty ordinary," he said.
"The community got together to raise the money and then someone goes and steals it.
"It is very disappointing."
Mr McKern estimated the tin to contain $300 to $400.
He praised the community's fundraising efforts.
"It is only the minority who do this," he said.
"The rest of the community is fantastic.
"The good outweighs the bad."
Constable Brad Cunningham said Bendigo police were investigating the theft.
"It is a very low act," he said.
"You'd like to think things like this don't happen."
Anyone with information should call police on 5448 1300.