By 3 News online staff
An investigation is underway following a robbery at Ronald McDonald House in Christchurch.
A thief broke into the charity's Cashel St offices on Friday and made off with a safe containing cash donations, bank account details and sensitive documents, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Ronald McDonald House South Island chief executive Matt Mark says the staff and families, who work to support sick children, were now going through an "unsettling time".
"They just can't comprehend how or why someone would do that," he said.
"In charity space every dollar is something that you guard very jealously and that we are extremely thankful for, because it does come from the generosity of the communities that we serve, and you never like to see that generosity undermined in any way."
A security guard is now stationed at the offices and police are investigating.