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Townsville-based charity Connecting Rainbows has received a huge boost with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys handing over a fundraising cheque for $9,180 to assist them in their work in acknowledging, raising awareness of and rewarding community volunteers for the work they do in the region.

The funds raised were proceeds from the Toyota Cowboys’ online auction of the unique Thor superhero jerseys worn by the NRL team in the round 21 home clash against the Gold Coast Titans.

Produced by the Cowboys’ apparel partner ISC in collaboration with Marvel, the match-worn Thor jerseys were signed by each individual player and snapped up by keen collectors.

Handing over the cheque to Margie Ryder from Connecting Rainbows, Cowboys community relations manager Fiona Pelling described the response to the online auction from members and supporters as 'fantastic'.

"We raised more than we hoped for and it’s great to see such an important charity in our community benefit,” she said.

Accepting the cheque for Connecting Rainbows at Cowboys HQ on Tuesday, Margie Ryder said that the funds would be of great assistance to the organisation's work in the community.

“This is a great shot in the arm for us and will enable Connecting Rainbows to reach out to and support even more local volunteers working in our charities and community organisations, and encourage more people to volunteer."