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Nanjing Night Net

Warrnambool police have released a security camera image (right) of a woman they want to speak to in relation to the theft of a charity bottle containing about $500 from Mac’s Hotel last week.

Operation Smile Vietnam volunteer Elley Green said the woman allegedly stole the collection bottle, which contained about $500, from the hotel on Thursday last week.

Mrs Green described the theft as shocking.

“It’s a despicable act which will deprive five babies from having life-changing surgery to repair cleft lips and palates,” she said.

“Those babies now face an uncertain future. They will not be accepted in their society and their future will be at best begging on the streets for survival.

“That’s a terrible thought in a Third World country and I hope the thief is brought to justice.”

Mrs Green said she became involved in Operation Smile Vietnam four years ago when visiting the country and made an annual pilgrimage back to a hospital on the Mekong River about 200 kilometres west of Ho Chi Minh City.

Mac’s Hotel publican Peter Walsh said he was stunned when he realised the collection bottle had been stolen.

“It’s shocking — really disappointing. I’m a bit involved through Warrnambool Lions Club and Elley was just devastated when I rang her up. It’s certainly not a phone call you want to make,” he said.

“Elley is heavily involved and goes to Asia off her own bat to assist with this work. We believe there was between $400 and $500 stolen.”

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Warrnambool police.

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