Sports clubs receive generous donation following vandalism

A "generous donation" could be used to help permanently stop vandals accessing the sports grounds. Pleasant Point ...
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A "generous donation" could be used to help permanently stop vandals accessing the sports grounds. Pleasant Point Primary pupils from left, Archie Drummond, 8, Sam Power, 11, Oliver Linton, 11, and Alysha Harding, 10. Pictured at back is Pleasant Point cricket club captain Cameron Lundie between Pearl and Chris Gifkins from Challenge Pleasant Point.

Pleasant Point sports clubs will consider permanently fencing off the town's sports grounds with the help of a recent donation following a vandalism spree.

The community is rallying behind the clubs after vandals extensively damaged the Pleasant Point rugby, football and cricket grounds and pitches early this week.

It comes as police revealed that, in another blow to the town's sports teams, the Pleasant Point football clubrooms were broken into during the weekend.

Constable Kris Howes, of Pleasant Point, said the offenders stole "a couple hundred dollars" worth of alcohol.

More than $20,000 worth of damage to Timaru's Celtic rugby and cricket grounds was also discovered on Monday, while a third act of vandalism at a council reserve in Temuka was discovered on Wednesday.

Challenge Pleasant Point owners Chris and Pearl Gifkins donated $2000 to the Pleasant Point cricket, football and rugby sports clubs to help repair the damage on Thursday.

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Pleasant Point Cricket Club captain Cameron Lundie accepted the cheque on behalf of the clubs. 

Lundie said he was thankful for the "generous donation" and the clubs would get together to decide how to best use the money. 

One option was fencing off part of the grounds near the entrance, he said. 

"The grounds are quite exposed and if it was not looked into vandals could cause more damage in the future."

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He said the donation was not only for club members but also for all members of the public who enjoyed using the grounds. 

Chris Gifkins said the damage done to the Pleasant Point grounds had "winds me up... it winds my wheels". 

He said the couple had always been into sport during their younger days and the donation was a good way to give back to the community. 

"We just want to get them back out on the field," he said.

"Nobody wants to play on a rough field."

The clubs had worked hard to raise money in the past, and he hoped the donation would ease some of the stress of fundraising extra money to repair the damage.

Police have seized a green Nissan Terrano in relation to the incidents after they received an anonymous "tip off", but were still investigating who had caused the vandalism.

 - Stuff

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