Thieves have stolen fundraising money while the children it was for trained at Feilding's Timona Park.
A total of $680, raised this year by 13 young athletes who are travelling to the Colgate Games in Whangarei, was stolen last night from a car parked near where the children were training.
The theft is a setback for the team, as the money was to go towards accommodation and travel to Whangarei next month.
Feilding Athletics chairperson Kerrin Beatson labelled the thieves ''gutless'' and asked anyone with information to report it to police.
''It is a setback, especially when you're trying to make the cost of accommodation and travel easier for families,'' he said.
''Families will notice it now.''
Mr Beatson said the money would have to be made back somehow, with the groups big fundraiser at this weekend's Feilding Christmas parade.
Some of the stolen money was to be used to buy supplies for that fundraiser. The stolen money had been raised by children and their parents through sausage sizzles.
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