Charity wheel in doubt

Rotary president Michael Nella said the future safety arrangements for the money wheel, which he hoped would continue, would be discussed at a club board meeting.
Rotary president Michael Nella said the future safety arrangements for the money wheel, which he hoped would continue, would be discussed at a club board meeting.

Police charged an Orelia woman with stealing after the club’s donation wheel containing $200 went from outside Woolworths at the Kwinana Marketplace.

The 25-year-old was released on bail in Rockingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday and is expected to reappear in court on on Monday.

A police spokesman said the money wheel, believed to be worth about $1400, had been damaged beyond repair.

Rotary club president Michael Nella said safety issues would be discussed at a board meeting. ‘I would like us to continue with a money wheel because it is beloved, especially by kids who are really fond of it,’ he said.

‘The wheel provides a tool for parents to explain to their kids where the money is going, which is really important too.

‘We plan to work with the centre’s management on safety issues and whether we can make the money wheel more secure.’

Mr Nella said funds raised from the money wheel went towards the City of Kwinana’s proposed Adventure Playground in Calista.

‘We have already donated $5000 towards the playground,’ he said.

‘The money wheel has always been great promotion for us.’