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    2019 - 02.21

    Disabled Peoples Incorporated has one of its transport vehicles stolen and damaged beyond repair. Disappointed by the act were DPI transport manager Carol Craney and president Greg Byrne.Disabled Peoples Incorporated Whyalla received a low blow last week when one of its cars was stolen and damaged beyond repair.
    Nanjing Night Net

    The not-for-profit organisation provides a low-cost transport service in and around Whyalla for the disabled, aged and infirm, run by a team of dedicated and caring volunteers.

    DPI also operates Amaroo Lodge, a residential facility that offers a home away from home for people in need of long or short term care.

    DPI president Greg Byrne said the incident had significantly affected the not-for-profit organisation and it would cost about $15,000 to rectify.

    “The car is irreplaceable,” Mr Byrne said.

    “It’s a huge impact.”

    Damage to the car included the front-end becoming detached, a dent to the right passenger door, severe tyre damage and the offenders also ripped off the number plates and car’s DPI signage.

    Mr Byrne said the organisation has had to rearrange its transport schedules to work around no longer being able to use the car.

    “Unfortunately we’re a car down,” Mr Byrne said.

    DPI is currently investigating purchasing a replacement vehicle and waiting for an insurance claim to be processed.

    Mr Byrne said if the claim was approved, the replacement of the vehicle would still come at a cost to the organisation as the stolen car was about 10 years old.

    Mr Byrne said this money would have to be taken out of a reserve saved for making upgrades and replacements to further improve care for residents at Amaroo Lodge.

    “It normally goes towards the residential facility,” Mr Byrne said.

    Once a replacement vehicle is purchased, the organisation will still need to pay for the vehicle to be inspected and accredited for use as a transport vehicle as well as have new signage.

    DPI transport manager Carol Craney said it was disappointing that people would do this when the organisation tried so hard to help the community.

    “It just makes you feel sick,” Mrs Craney said.

    “You try to help people and something like this happens.”

    The offenders have since been apprehended by police and charged with numerous offences in relation to the incident.

    Anyone wanting to make a donation to DPI can contact president Greg Byrne on 8644 1099.

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