“The Cuddly Critters” Relay for Life Team don their battle attire in a bid to raise money for cancer research.
“The Cuddly Critters” Relay for Life Team don their battle attire in a bid to raise money for cancer research. Supplied

Battler gives for cancer research

NEIL Collins may be trying to rebuild his business after this year’s flood, but that didn’t stop him from making a generous donation to cancer research.

Mr Collins, who owns Arc Leisure Paint Balling in Rockhampton, lost both his father and brother to cancer, and so had no trouble deciding to donate $820 to a local Relay for Life team that was raising money for the Cancer Council of Queensland.

The Relay for Life team called The Cuddly Critters, made up of staff from the local Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services office, organised a day of paint balling at Mr Collins’s business in Quay St.

The team gathered 14 people to participate, each paying $50 for the honour and extra if they wanted more shots.

Mr Collins then donated all of the proceeds back to the Relay for Life Team.

Despite trying to gather the $10,000 to $15,000 he needs to get his business back on track, Mr Collins didn’t think twice about donating the money.

“Everything washed away; I’ve actually got to rebuild everything, but I’m slowly getting it back together,” Mr Collins said.

“Relay for Life is a great activity and I support anyone who does it.”

Colleen Jenson, a member of the Relay for Life team, said she was touched by Mr Collins’s generosity.

“We do really appreciate everything he did. He’s having a hard time with his business as it is, so it’s really nice,” Ms Jenson said.



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