I'm writing to you because the much loved Emily Foord Memorial Kindergarten in Brisbane's north nearly burned to the ground last month (Saturday 1 September).
It was a shocking arson attack by vandals that forced a closure of the Kindergarten and cost our kindy kids precious weeks of learning and fun with friends.
With your generosity the Emily Foord Memorial Kindergarten can get back on its feet after this heartbreaking arson attack; you'll be providing a safer and more secure kindergarten outside its hours of operation.
Could you generously gift $30 today to allow for safety and security improvements to our kindergarten premises?
The fire was just minutes away from burning the premises to the ground.
"We were so fortunate our neighbours at Stafford City Skate Centre were quick to respond and risk their own safety to try and put out the fire," Kindergarten Director Lisa Neil said.
"When I arrived at the kindy there were emergency services everywhere.
"It's clear it was a deliberate attempt to create as much damage as possible.
"Besides the fire they went around the building throwing rocks and smashing windows".
Piles of cardboard were set alight underneath the kindy's electrical fuse box, intended to cause maximum damage to the property (see below image).
Why would someone attack a kindergarten like this?
The Emily Foord Kindergarten is a not for profit kindergarten that has been providing vital learning and education for Brisbane northside families for over 50 years. The current directors Lisa & Nadine have given over 30 years service to our kids.
More than 80 families were impacted by the arson attack and the kindy closed for two weeks.
Thanks to the support of local member Dr Anthony Lynham MP a speedy response to the incident helped the doors open again before the end of term three.
It's not the first vandal attack in 2018. Earlier this year the kindy was broken into over a weekend, again causing unwanted damage.
By contributing a gift of $30 you will be providing increased safety and security to the premises including:
- newly installed CCTV cameras
- back to base fire alarm
- a durable, fire resistant safe box
- improved security lighting
The total cost of the security improvements is $10 000.
You can help us prevent future vandalism and arson by providing a gift of $30 today.
Thank you for your kind response to what has been a difficult time for our kindy community.
Emily Foord Memorial Kindergarten Committee
P.S. Our kids were so fortunate the kindy was saved by the heroic efforts of our neighbours. Only their quick actions prevented the property being fully destroyed. You can create a safer and more secure property with a gift today of $30. Your gift will see increased security measures on the property and greater likelihood of preventing future incidents like this.
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