Cameron Parker in his newly refurbished pink helicopter.
Cameron Parker in his newly refurbished pink helicopter.

Musterer goes pink in the skies to raise funds for cancer

A PROMINENT Central Queensland cattle musterer has painted his helicopter bright pink and taken to the skies in support of Cancer Council Queensland.

Cameron Parker of Parker Helicopters said the new-look helicopter aimed to raise awareness and funds for all Queenslanders affected by cancer.

The Alton Downs local has been mustering cattle across Central Queensland for more than 18 years and said by raising funds though this work, his clients would also know they are supporting an important cause.

$5 from every hour the helicopter is mustering will be donated directly to Cancer Council Queensland's work in cancer control.

"When I was rebuilding the helicopter I wanted to do something that would give back to the community," Mr Parker said.

"I decided to paint it pink as I've had friends and family who have been affected by cancer. Through this we can raise funds so that everyone who is diagnosed can be supported and have the best possible care.

"People all over Central Queensland can be a part of this fundraiser. My clients will know that for each hour I muster, a portion of the cost goes directly to helping others.

"I've had a great response from cattle producers who are excited to support the cause."

Cancer Council Queensland Regional Fundraising Coordinator Jessica O'Neill said community support gives hope to the one in two Queenslanders affected by cancer in their lifetime.

In Central Queensland alone, nearly 1,200 people are diagnosed with cancer each year and more than 400 die from the disease.

"With community support from people like Cameron, we can continue to invest in vital research, prevention and early detection services, and support programs to reduce the burden of cancer in our community," Ms O'Neill said.

"You might not think that donating a few dollars makes a big difference, but it does. To those diagnosed with cancer, your support means the world.

"Last year as a result of community fundraising we were able to support more than 1100 Rockhampton locals through our 13 11 20 support line, we provided 210 wig and turbans to cancer patients, accommodated 532 local patients in a regional accommodation lodge and did so much more."

Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity, the achievements of which are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or via 13 11 20.



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