While truck drivers launched a protest convoy this month after feeling the pain from rising fuel prices, others took to siphoning fuel from a charity vehicle in Wellsford.
Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY), which provides free education for low decile families, had $100 of petrol taken from a tutor’s car during a weekend.
The vehicle is used by teachers to take the programme to around 40 children each week living across the Wellsford area.
HIPPY coordinator Louisa Christian says while the amount may seem insignificant, it’s a big blow for the organisation.
“We fundraise to cover all of our fuel costs, so it hit hard to find the petrol taken and the filler cap on the car broken, which we are having to pay to repair,” Louisa says.
“This incident won’t stop us from delivering our programme, but if it happens again, it could.”
She says in three years of being the coordinator, she hasn’t encountered similar issues before and hopes this is a one-off incident.
However, with fuel prices rising, and a fear it could happen again, HIPPY will be parking the two vehicles they have side by side, rendering the filler caps inaccessible.