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A new fundraising target for Top Hat Tony

Top Hat Tony puts his hat out for donations to help Heart Kids. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Top Hat Tony puts his hat out for donations to help Heart Kids. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

A GENEROUS spirit and giving nature has propelled Top Hat Tony Moroney to raise more than $49,000 for HeartKids Queensland in the past two years.

But he's not done yet.

Covered head to toe in tattoos, the full-time carer from D'Aguilar is on another mission to reach a goal of $60,000 before next Christmas.

"I'm a firm believer in you have to give back to society, not just keep taking, taking and taking," he said.

"I'd do anything for the kids, I can't stand seeing them in trouble or pain and this is my way of helping."

Tony Moroney first set his sights on raising money for HeartKids Queensland after a tattoo show in 2010.

"I came across HeartKids at the tattoo show where I met a little boy named Benji and his mum who asked if they could put a tattoo on me and I told her if she could find a spot, go ahead," he said.

"I found out more about HeartKids and Benji who at the age of two had already survived three heart surgeries.

"It was then I decided I could help and have not stopped."

Although he receives strange looks and hurtful comments about his appearance, Tony won't let it stop him from reaching his goal.

"I idolise these kids because to me they're little heroes," he said.

"They've beaten the odds and they're still alive."

Tony is already fundraising again and you will find him rattling a can around Woodford, Kilcoy, at The Good Guys in Morayfield and at tattoo shows that come up locally right down to Tweed Heads.

Find out more about Tony by visiting everydayhero.com.au/ tophattony.

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