North Queensland Toyota Cowboys member and local hero Scott Stidston is the proud new owner of a handmade, one-of-a-kind collector's piece, thanks to a generous club donation.
After an order cancellation, fellow rugby league fan Craig O’Brien (Brisbane) was left with a bespoke Cowboys lamp, and knew that someone in the Cowboys community would take great enjoyment from owning the unique piece.
“This particular lamp was for a friend of a friend, who then said she didn’t want it ... so I decided it would be best for the club to have it to donate to a deserving fan or supporter,” Craig said.
Following his donation to the Cowboys community team, Craig was happy to hear it had gone to a good home with Scott, an Order of Australia Medal recipient recognised for his volunteer work in spinal injury awareness and promoting inclusive communities.
“I have felt the generosity of the Cowboys in the past through an organisation I managed for many years … now it's my turn to give back a little,” Craig said.
“When [Cowboys general manager community] Fiona told me of Scott's efforts with spinal injuries groups it made me even more certain I had donated it to the right place.
“I have committed myself to volunteer organisations for many years, and you just don’t want or expect anything in return for that, so this really was just my way of ensuring someone like Scott got a little thanks for his efforts.”
The donation was made by Cowboys ambassadors Ray Thompson and Matt Bowen while visiting schools in Ayr, and Scott was humbled by the surprise donation, praising the craftsman on his handiwork.
“The boys [Ray and Matt] dropped the lamp in and it's fantastic ... it has taken pride of place in my lounge room,” Scott said.
Thank you, Craig and Scott, for your generosity and community spirit!