Charities the losers after theft
CHARITY money raised at the Kangaroo Creek Coutts Crossing Rodeo and Ute Show will now have to go towards fixing the administration centre after it was broken into at the weekend.
Secretary Lindy Muldoon said that sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning the administration caravan was broken into, causing about $2000 worth of damage.
"It's disgusting, I just don't understand it, there's no reasoning for it," Mrs Muldoon said.
"Screens and windows were broken and four or five swags costing hundreds of dollars each were stolen.
"We're a charity organisation; it's put a huge dampener on the weekend."
Money intended for organisations such as the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, SES and local charities will be affected as the Charity Sports Club will have to dig into profits to repair the damage caused, Mrs Muldoon said.
"Money that we wanted to go to charity will now have to go back into fixing the caravan," she said.
"Nobody even contemplated that somebody would do this, we didn't think about it."
Saturday's event drew in competitors from all around the region.
There were more than 300 entries for the rodeo and campdraft and more than double the amount of competitors than last year for the ute show.
Mrs Muldoon said even though the senseless damage was a big cloud over the day it, would not deter them from holding further charity events.
Grafton police said investigations into the vandalism were continuing.