Townsville community groups are invited to get their hands on some hot property in a bid to boost their fundraising efforts thanks to Townsville City Council and the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.

Applications are now open for Townsville community organisations to receive one of 14 jerseys signed by the Cowboys’ 2014 NRL squad.

Townsville City Council receives the jerseys as part of its continued funding support of the Cowboys.

Mayor Jenny Hill said it was a great opportunity for local charities and clubs.

“Townsville City Council provides significant funding support to the Cowboys and this is just one of the initiatives we have negotiated with the club to benefit the local community,” Cr Hill said.

“Last year the council gave away 10 signed jerseys to local groups which helped to raise a total of $10,000 between them through raffles and auctions.

“One group even used it as an incentive to get students to sign up for free health checks so the options are endless.

“The initiative is a great way to give these groups a funding boost or support the work they do in the Townsville community.

“If there are any not-for-profit groups or community organisations that would like to receive a jersey it is as simple as completing an application available on council’s website.”

Groups who benefited last year from this program include the Townsville Hospital Foundation, Castle Hill PCYC, Queensland Youth Services and Garbutt Community centre.

More information about the North Queensland Merchandise Gifting Program and the application form can be found at www.townsville.qld.gov.au.

Main image: Mayor Jenny Hill with Rory Kostjasyn