Awesome Guy Combines Tattoos And Charitable Spirit To Raise $100,000!!

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Tony Moroney is a guy like no other, he's almost entirely covered with tattoos and has one of the greatest charitable spirit.

And by combining the two Moroney (or Top Hat Tony) has raised over $100,000 for Australian children's charity HeartKids! A charity that provides support for children with heart disease and their families.
Beginning back in 2010 after he met a 4-year-old child called Benji who had already undergone four open-heart surgeries Moroney started an Everyday Hero Campaign and took to the streets of Woodford, Australia with a can in hand. Seeking to attract as much attention as possible and raise as much money as he could Moroney turned to his collection of tattoos! Removing his shirt Moroney walked the streets using his bright body suit tattoos to catch peoples eye and draw them in. Incredibly after only a year Moroney and his tattoos had raised more than $20,000 for HeartKids!!

Top Hat Tony- the perfect example of never judging a book by its cover!
Top Hat Tony- the perfect example of never judging a book by its cover!

“People can’t miss me as I usually walk around without a shirt on. There’s a bit of a shock in seeing me”

However Moroney's efforts were not always appreciated, due to his extensive tattoos people were quick to judge and insult. Though as Moroney points out, if he didn't have the tattoos he probably would not have got the needed attention and raised the money he has.


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    “I get called a lot of things – I had one bloke call me an ‘oxygen thief’ because of the way I looked…I was quite taken aback by that, but if I didn’t have these tattoos I’d just be another Joe on the street, people wouldn’t give me a second glance...Now I’m not just an average Joe anymore… I’m someone people want to stop and talk to and have a look at”.

    Tattoos And Charitable Spirit
    Tattoos And Charitable Spirit

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    Aside from raising funds Moroney has also had his own hardships to deal with, battling through an incredible nine minor heart attacks and two big ones! He also has to care for his wife Annie who suffers from fibromyalgia- chronic muscle pain. Incredibly despite of the setbacks Moroney has walked the streets can in hand and tattoos on show for over five years now and on July 6th reached the $100,000 mark!!

    “Annie and I both worked out we were put on this world to help people, and that’s what we do”

    Tony Moroney is simply one of those everyday people who go above and beyond the norm to do the exceptional and make a real difference in the world. He is also a brilliant example of how tattoos can be used in ways other than for art, by standing out from the crowd Moroney and his tattoos have raised more for charity in five years than many will do in their lives. He is an example to follow and a seriously awesome guy!! Congratulations Tony!! 

    Click to read more about HeartKids
    Click to read more about HeartKids

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    @Robert Davies

    Tattoodo Staff Writer and tattoo enthusiast. Lover of all things traditional and blackwork!


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