Players at the Cooper Golf Charity day run by Assess Orr. Photo Jessica Crofts / Dalby Herald
Players at the Cooper Golf Charity day run by Assess Orr. Photo Jessica Crofts / Dalby Herald Jessica Crofts

Golfers grab their clubs to raise money for sick Cooper

ON WEDNESDAY more than 100 golfers gathered at the Dalby golf course to raise money for local boy Cooper Zerk and his family.

Cooper is suffering from a rare germ cell brain cancer and has been told he has a large brain tumour that has currently been deemed as inoperable.

Cooper started treatment for the cancer in September but due to many hospital visits his family made the decision to relocate to Brisbane, leaving their Chinchilla property.

Father Tim Zerk is a lifelong employee of Assess Orr, which decided to hold the event to help the family with their ongoing costs.

The small family-owned scaffolding and labour hire business is owned by Mark and Cathy Orr.

Ms Orr said they decided to do the event because Mr Zerk was like a family member to the business.

"He's doing everything he can to maintain and help his family out, especially with trying to keep their Chinchilla property," she said.

"It's tough when you see a kid sick but the event is also to help the Dalby community out through the golf club too."

Ms Orr said it wasn't just their idea to have a golf charity event but came from most of the workers at Assess Orr.

"It was Tim's workmates who came up with the idea and we helped make it a reality because the boys just wanted to get together and help one of their own," she said. "It's like a family member has gotten sick and we want to build security for them."

Ms Orr said she would like to thank major sponsors Kevin and Wendy Kelly, along with the golf club and all the businesses that contributed donations.

Money from the raffle and auction will go towards the Zerk family, while other proceeds raised will go to the golf club.


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