By Villeneuve, Melissa on September 13, 2017.
Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to empower young girls through music, has been dealt a difficult blow.
A significant portion of their guitars and basses were stolen from their storage facility last week.
“Last week we noticed our storage unit was compromised and about seven guitars and two basses were taken,” said Silvana Campus, LGRC program director. They learned about the theft on Sept. 5, and Campus believes the theft occurred sometime over the long weekend.
“It seems like it was mostly a ‘grab what you can’,” she said, adding they still have some equipment and basses left, but virtually no guitars.
The instruments are valued at approximately $1,000. There is no insurance to cover the loss.
Some of the guitars are more unique pieces that could be hard to replace, said Campus.
“We had a three-quarter scale which is perfect for our younger campers. We had a lefty guitar that’s now gone, that we really need occasionally for our lefthanded campers who come in.”
Guitars stolen include: Squire Start (red), Nova (red sunburst), Squire Telecaster (orange), Indiana Telecaster (black), Austin (pink, three-quarter scale) and Renegade (black, lefty). Basses stolen include a Jay Turser (green) and a Squire Jaguar (red).
The LGRC notified police and local pawn shops to be on the alert. They also posted about the theft on their Facebook page, which has been shared widely throughout Alberta.
“It definitely puts a damper on our spirits,” said Campus. “It means most of our guitars are gone, so we need to replace all of those. It just means instead of fundraising for other things this year it looks like we’ll be fundraising to replace gear.”
For the past five years, LGRC has held weeklong summer day-camps for girls ages eight to 17. Participants of all abilities can learn a new instrument, new techniques, and express themselves creatively in a safe and welcoming environment. They learn from strong female role models who instruct the girls and help them build self-esteem.
One bright spot that’s shone through is the many messages of support and even a few offers to donate guitars to the organization.
“Which is amazing,” said Campus. “We really, really appreciate that and the support has been really wonderful to see from the community.”
Campus adds there will be a fundraising event in the near future. She advises the public to keep an eye on the “Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp” Facebook page for details.
“We really appreciate everyone getting the word out,” she said. “We just want our guitars to come back home.”
If anyone has information on the theft, please contact police at 403-328-4444. To contribute toward future camps or equipment, visit http://www.lethbridgegirlsrockcamp.com or the “Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp” Facebook page.
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