Retrenched Ballarat worker dealt double blow

A BALLARAT man who lost his job, lost his wallet and lost his ability to pay for an upcoming operation is asking the community for help to find his money.

Tony Leonard lost his job as a hospitality teacher in Ballarat due to the recent TAFE funding cuts, then lost another job teaching a barista course in one of Victoria’s prisons – also because of funding cuts.

He had a substantial amount of cash in his wallet at the weekend, all set to pay for an upcoming operation on his foot, a condition which has caused him pain for a number of years.

At 10.15am on Sunday, Mr Leonard purchased a newspaper and filled his car with LPG at the Shell service station at the intersection of Sturt and Pleasant streets.

His wallet slipped out at the bowser and he believes somebody grabbed it and never handed it in.

Now he’s offering a reward for anyone who can return the wallet and the cash.

“There will be no questions asked,” he said.

“There was a man in a blue and white striped shirt behind me at the petrol pump – he might know something which can help.”

Mr Leonard said he had been living with crushed bones in the heel of his foot and said he had saved the cash to help pay for an operation to correct the problem.

He said the timing of the lost or stolen wallet had not been ideal.

“It’s a long time to get that money back. 

“I was teaching hospitality for 15 years, then the funding run out,” he said.

“The fact that I’m not working full time at the moment makes it very difficult to get the operation done.”

Mr Leonard said the man with the striped shirt and grey hair was driving a grey car. He has urged him to make contact to discuss if he saw the wallet at any stage.

Anyone who knows anything about Mr Leonard’s wallet and wants to claim the reward, can call him on 0419 363 023.

jordan.oliver@thecourier.com.au

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