SOLEMN MOMENT: Pausing for reflection at last year's Proserpine Lions Rodeo for Suicide Prevention. Photo Gerry FoxMANDATORY PHOTO CREDITPhoto Contributed
SOLEMN MOMENT: Pausing for reflection at last year's Proserpine Lions Rodeo for Suicide Prevention. Photo Gerry FoxMANDATORY PHOTO CREDITPhoto Contributed Contributed

Rodeo fun spreading hope for all

THE chutes are ready, the gates are up and the stock is on its way - the 2016 Rodeo for Suicide Prevention is ready to buck and roll.

Not only will the special event return this year to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention, it will also be the finals for the Central Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Proserpine Rodeo Association president Larry Ferraris said it was bound to be a high-quality event.

"Like all rodeos, you can expect the unexpected,” he said. "I think the crowd makes the event and getting that local support, the riders really appreciate it.”

Event co-ordinator Jack Lumby - the man behind A Mile in Their Shoes - said prices had been kept affordable so all the community could attend.

"We have the same goals as last year,” he said.

"We raise awareness of suicide and depression in our community, we keep prices affordable for all to attend (and) we try to put a smile on the faces of local families - as once again it has been a tough year and we all need to have a laugh and fun time before the stresses of Christmas,” he said. "Catch up with friends, have a laugh or two and help keep our vibrant community healthy and happy.”

CRCA president Tony Ward said the rodeo would feature a cross-section of past champions with 51 titles to competitors trying to get their first title.

Riders will be coming from throughout central Queensland for the 27th CRCA finals, with Mr Ward tipping the saddle bronc to be particularly competitive.

"This is our grand final event and the response, enthusiasm and crowd participation is unique to this rodeo. Once again, all full rodeo events will be held on the Friday and Saturday nights,” Mr Ward said.

Proserpine Lions will be serving food and the Whitsunday Bald Eagles will be behind the bar. A donation will be made to assist with the work done by A Mile in Their Shoes group and the Whitsunday Suicide Prevention Network, with all profits to go back into the community.

Gates open at 4.30pm on Friday and Saturday, with events from 5.30pm. Phone Jack Lumby for booking and sponsorship information on 0417628939.


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