Beaudesert businessmen launch heartfelt fundraiser

IN BUSINESS: Chris Grant and Chris Gaunt are using their fundraising skills to buy a defibrillator for the town. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
IN BUSINESS: Chris Grant and Chris Gaunt are using their fundraising skills to buy a defibrillator for the town. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

TWO businessmen who overcame disabilities to create jobs for themselves are once again paying it forward by launching their third annual fundraising project in Beaudesert.

Christopher Grant and his friend Christopher Gaunt had previously raised money for Down Syndrome and Epilepsy Queensland as well as last year collecting money to help send the Australian Down Syndrome Swim Team to Canada.

Known around town as CC-Squared, the two Christophers operate a service for cleaning and restoring fish tanks as well as running Collective Creations, which provides their own hand made items created from new and repurposed wood.

Mr Grant's mother Jacqui said the men were grateful for the community support they had received in establishing their businesses and wanted to pay it forward this year by raising enough to buy a defibrillator for the town.

"They are looking at donating it to one of the local sporting organisations," she said.

"The defibrillator will cost in excess of $2000 and they are being advised by the Beaudesert Rotary Club on how to go about it.

"The Beaudesert Swimming Club has kindly allowed them to run a gold coin donation sausage sizzle barbecue at their championships tonight at Beaudesert Pool from 5.30pm."

Ms Grant said the business partners would also have a mini-stall featuring products from their Collective Creations catalogue, which includes pencil holders, planters, coat hangers and wine racks made from recycled wood.