TAHLIA Brown just wanted to do a good deed for someone else.
The 10-year-old was part of her family’s Relay for Life team in memory of her grandmother, uncle and a family friend who passed away from cancer.
Tahlia had about 80 bottles of nail polish and was painting Relay for Life participants’ nails.
But it’s believed during the candlelight ceremony, more than 20 of her bottles of nail polish were taken.
“You wouldn’t think someone would do something like that at an event like that,” Tahlia said.
“I wasn’t asking for anything. People could donate if they wanted to.
“I was just making people feel happy.”
The St John’s Primary School pupil raised $40 for the Cancer Council.
Tahlia’s parents Lisa and Matt Brown said the first thing Tahlia said to them was how could someone do something like that. “I don’t want them replaced or anything like that,” Mrs Brown said. “It’s just this little girl’s heart was broken. She thought she was doing a good thing. I’ve said to Tahlia that obviously someone thought they needed them more than her.”
Mr Brown said the missing nail polish was reported to the organisers the next day. “We have explained to (Tahlia) that these things happen and you take things at your own risk,” he said. “It could have been anyone. It could have just been another child.”