ALUMINIUM cans, food tins and scrap metal are being used as the latest tool in the challenge to raise funds for cancer research.
Sharyn Waldron has started a Cans-for-Cancer campaign, collecting from Border businesses and homes in an effort to recycle them for money.
Mrs Waldron admitted it was a big challenge given recycled cans fetch a one cent return but tins make 40 cents a kilogram and scrap metal even more.
The Lavington resident coloured her hair purple and shaved it off last year to raise money for Relay for Life.
“This year I thought ‘I don’t have much hair to shave off’,” she said.
“I was driving around and saw lots of cans around the place and that’s when the idea came to me.”
It’s a personal mission for Mrs Waldron, whose sister-in-law lost a 17-year battle with cancer last year.
“A month after she died my husband’s other sister was also diagnosed and has since been treated,” she said.
“My husband’s mum carried the breast cancer gene and passed away when he was three.”
Sweethearts Pizza owner Daryl Betteridge has backed the campaign, donating 2000 cans to Sims Metal in South Albury last week.
“It would be great if other businesses could implement this strategy,” he said.
Jodie Tiernan, of the Armada Hospitality Group, has arranged for Soden’s Hotel, Groove Saint and Paddy’s to collect cans and tins.
Money raised will go to Relay for Life.
To arrange for Mrs Waldron to collect cans or tins, leave a message at facebook.com/cansforcancer14.
An account has been set up at Sims Metal for those wishing to contribute to the campaign.