Take a ride for a cause

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

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”.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RAIS­ING HOPE: Ge­orge Brown with his horse, Champ.

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