Deborah De Williams and dog Molly with Running Pink collection buckets similar to those that were stolen. Picture: SCOTT GELSTONBREAST cancer survivor Deborah De Williams is outraged that a woman has stolen funds raised for people dealing with breast cancer.

Ms De Williams dispatched 10 donation tins to Launceston businesses late last year to raise funds for her charity, Running Pink.

However, when she went to collect the tins, she found many had already been taken by a woman posing to assist the charity.

Ms De Williams said the woman – described as middle-aged, medium height and with dark hair – had flashed a driver’s licence to shop assistants and pretended she was friends with Ms De Williams before taking off with the tins and money.

It is estimated the four stolen tins contained more than $1500 in total.

“What upsets me the most is that she’s a female taking from other women,” Ms De Williams said.

All funds raised through Running Pink are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to assist with its research and survivor programs.

For Ms De Williams, the theft is disheartening as she knows what it’s like to deal with the life-threatening disease after being diagnosed with it in 2006.

She said the funds were vital to help people who had gone through the disease and to assist in research.

“Running Pink is about helping women gain back self-esteem and self-confidence and giving them inspiration to go forward after breast cancer,” she said.

“I’m a survivor so I know what it’s like. It’s something that changes your life. It’s very personal and dramatic. You’re never the same.”

She said it was hurtful that a woman would stoop to such a low level.

“I want to see this woman who has taken the money from the other women and say to her, I hope you never get breast cancer, because it’s a terrible disease that affects your physical and emotional well-being for a very long time.”

Ms De Williams has reported the theft to the police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Launceston CIB on 6336 3915 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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