Take a ride for a cause
MONTO residents may have occasionally seen a horse-drawn cart trotting around town, giving rides to tourists and locals alike.
They belong to George Brown who, for the past few years, has been giving rides, as well as recycling cans and batteries to raise money for Cancer Council Queensland and Alzheimer’s Australia.
He has raised a total of $7000 over the past two years.
“People drop cans in at my place, and batteries get dropped at FarmStuff; battery money goes to cancer, and the money I raise gets split between cancer and dementia,” Mr Brown said.
Both Alzheimer’s and cancer hold a personal interest for Mr Brown: his mother died of cancer, and his girlfriend in Ridgehaven suffers from dementia.
“She’s bedridden now and she used to love my horses,” he said.
“Also, three years ago I ended up in Brisbane Hospital for six weeks and the town looked after everything while I was gone so I’m giving a bit back.”
Donations for the horse rides aren’t fixed; people can pay what they like.
“I take people out to dinner; I once took a backpacker from the top pub at Monto all the way out to Mungungo,” he said.
“It’s a two-and-a-quarterhour run out there on horse.”
The charity is expensive; horses need to be fed and the trip needs to be made to Gladstone to drop off the cans.
To organise a ride, call Mr Brown on 0459 475 119.
Cans can be dropped at the side of the road past Macks Rd; look for the sign “Cans for Cancer”.
RAISING HOPE: George Brown with his horse, Champ.