Christmas presents for more than 100 children destroyed by vandals in remote NT community
Ken Muggeridge says a lot of teddy bears for small children were destroyed. (Supplied: Ken Muggeridge)
Ken Muggeridge is hoping a surge of community support can save Christmas for more than 100 young children who had their presents smeared with Nutella, doused in soft drink and smashed by vandals.
- More than 200 presents were collected and wrapped for the children of Minyerri
- About half were destroyed by vandals on the weekend
- Anyone wanting to donate replacement gifts can drop them into ABC Darwin
The chief executive of the Alawa Aboriginal corporation returned home on Sunday to find a group of young people had destroyed many of the gifts he’d collected for the children of Minyerri, a town of about 400 people, 240 kilometres south-east of Katherine in the Northern Territory.
He said the community was well-aware of the perpetrators, and some even had younger siblings who were now without presents.
“We’re really devastated,” he said.
“They got over 300 cans of soft drink and just tipped them all over the presents and all over the house.
“We lost about half of [the 200 presents].
“Some of them we’ll be able to salvage, hopefully, and about half of them they wrecked, either by smashing them or tipping soft drink all over them or rubbish over them, Nutella and Vegemite, all sorts of things they wrecked them with.”
He said the young people involved were quickly located and brought down to the house to explain themselves.
“They couldn’t tell anybody why they would do such a thing,” Mr Muggeridge said.
“Some of those kids that were involved in it, their little brothers and sisters and some of their cousins now don’t have presents.”
But since he shared the news on Facebook, he said many people had contacted him wanting to help out.
He said any donations would be appreciated, particularly toys or teddy bears for children between zero and three years old.
“We’ve got a few people that are going to donate some food that was taken and smashed up and some of the drink and some of the presents,” he said.
“Anything people can do would be appreciated, we’d be thankful.”
If you would like to make a donation, bring it in to ABC Darwin at 1 Cavenagh Street, and we will make sure it gets to the Minyerri community.
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