Search for man who stole donation tins from Gold Coast surf club

A Gold Coast Surf Club is pleading for public help to identify a man who stole stole two donation tins last week.

A man walked into the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Club on Tuesday, April 23 around 8.30am, taking one tin from the restaurant area of the club before a second tin was taken from the kiosk.

The theft was captured on CCTV with the club now hoping it won’t be long before the man is tracked down.


Club President Michael Boyce says because it was early in the morning, not many people were around at the time.

“It is disappointing. We can only look at it as someone gaining some easy money so we’re disappointed as a volunteer organisation,” Mr Boyoce told myGC.

Club officials aren’t sure exactly how much was in the the tins but they often collect between $400 and $500 each month.

“Some people are very generous they give us $20, $10, sometimes even $50.”

Mr Boyce says over 12 months, the money collected from the tins runs into the thousands of dollars.

“We use it for our general lifesaving expenses, anything from buying equipment, sometimes to just paying the cost of a running a surf club whether that’s insurances and those types of things.”

The club is yet to report the theft to Police but is hoping someone will recognise the man, or that the thief will return the tins.

“There has been a great response from the general public to our post which we greatly appreciate and we are hoping that someone can provide further information.”

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