In October 2011, unscrupulous vandals decimated the Burleigh Heads Girl Guides Hall not once, but twice. Senselessly and barbarically, the rough necks poured juice and milk on the carpet, smeared faeces on the floor, stuck wet toilet paper to the roof, set off fire extinguishers and pulled the proudly displayed Girl Guide plaques off the wall. In monetary terms, the damage equated to $5,000, but the devastation caused to the 80 Girl Guides who call the hall their ‘second home’ could not be measured. The final cruel blow for the children was upon hearing that the 500 stage costumes they had spent countless hours tirelessly creating for their end of year performance of Scrooge had been stolen.

Bah humbug to the criminals

What the vandals couldn’t steal, however, was the spirit of caring and giving of the Gold Coast community. From the moment word got out of this petty and vicious attack on the Girl Guides hall, support, assistance and donations started flooding in. In the words of one of the Girl Guide leaders: “Leaders and Girls at Burleigh Girls Guides would like to say a HUGE thankyou to so many. We are overwhelmed by the support, offers of help and donations today. The girls can now look forward to their show in December they have been working so hard on. The Gold Coast is a wonderful place to live and we have an amazing community spirit. THANKYOU doesn’t seem adequate.”

Crimsafe to keep the baddies out

Davcon is proud to have been one of the donors who helped restore the hope and community spirit of the girls after the event. Knowing only too well the feeling of violation that occurs after someone has vandalised and destroyed precious property, Davcon sought to ensure that should the vandals ever try and repeat this malicious act, they would be met with incredible force – in the form of solid, super-strength Crimsafe security screens! The Davcon team got to work as soon as possible and quickly installed door and window security screens to the value of $20,000 throughout the hall.

Gold Coast caring

Davcon has a soft spot for another organisation committed to protecting residents and visitors to the Gold Coast – the Neptune Royal Life Saving Club. In 2011, Davcon donated Crimsafe security screen windows and doors to the Neptune club house, as well as a much needed new surf report sign and wind break to replace their worn out old faithfuls. Davcon are currently in the process of organising the installation of additional Crimsafe screens for the clubhouse for maximum security. The brave and dedicated volunteers who man the Neptune Club ensure the thousands of beachgoers enjoying the surf at Tallebudgera Creek are safe both in and out of the water. In one season alone, the club counted over 59 rescues and 52 first aid treatments performed and Davcon holds great respect for the tireless efforts of these waterborne heroes.

It’s evident that the community spirit in the Gold Coast community has never been stronger, tougher or more resilient – with Davcon’s donations of Crimsafe, now the same can be said for the security screens on their windows and doors!

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