A Go-Fund me campaign has been launched to save Thirroul small business Urge Records.
The store supports emerging artists with live music performances, and sells records from their premises at the rear of the shops on the Southern end of Thirroul.
On March 11, the music store was robbed.
The door has been destroyed and the cash box stolen.
This was a huge blow to a small local business and a frightening event for all concerned.
Urge owner Jai Wolf says they’ve been left angry and upset by the break-in.
“We are a really small, four-person operation. Everything we earn goes back into the shop, supporting bands and putting out music. It’s weird to think these thieves would rob the little guy, like us, and not some big corporation or chain.
“On the up-side, it’s really shown us the strength of the local community. So many people have jumped in to help. It’s bloody awesome.
“Something like this could never stop us. They could do it again and again and we would still fight.”
Jai says they can’t continue hosting shows or operate as a store until a new door is installed.
“We’re looking to raise $3000 to help with the purchase and installation of a roller door,” he says, ” and a security system to prevent this from happening again.
“We love Thirroul. There is nowhere else we’d rather be. The music and art community down here is great and we’d never let something like this deter us from encouraging people to come down and enjoy the beauty of the place.”
Jai says if he came face to face with the thief, he would only have one thing to say to them.
“Especially if it was the same person who broke into Rubys and stole that poor baby’s charity money. We have always been trusting with our store and never worried about this kind of thing. I don’t want to have a big security door. We want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome at Urge. But if I did get to meet them I would say that they will never win. Through all this they’ve just proven how strong we are as a community.”
Jai says Urge appreciates any support the community can offer.
You can donate HERE