Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Wishing-Well Funds Dry Up; Public Donations for Seabird Rescue Group Go Missing

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Wishing-Well Funds Dry Up; Public Donations for Seabird Rescue Group Go Missing

Article excerpt

A WISHING well created on private property to raise funds for the Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue has been ransacked.

And the owner of the Beerwah property, Yvonne Taylor, is distraught she can't give twins Paula and Bridgette Powers the promised cash.

The wishing well was opened by mayor Mark Jamieson in March 2014 and was built with funds donated mostly by local businesses and politicians.

It was intended to provide much-needed funds for work the twins do to rescue seabirds.

But after the breakdown of Ms Taylor's marriage, the property was tenanted.

"I can't believe what has happened here because I left for a while and my husband tenanted the property with the understanding that they deposited the funds from the wishing well," Ms Taylor said.

When she returned, she found there was no money in the well.

"There is certainly no money in the well nor signage and I don't know what to say to the Twinnies," Ms Taylor said.

She said she had contacted police to let them know the money had disappeared. …

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