Rodeo to buck the black dog
HOT off the back of their immensely successful Bullarama in July, A Mile in Their Shoes mental health campaigners are back in the ring for another round of bucking, adrenaline-filled excitement.
The Central Rodeo Cowboys Association, in conjunction with A Mile in Their Shoes, is bringing the CRCA Grand Finals Rodeo to Airlie Beach in October.
After a meeting of stakeholders yesterday, A Mile in Their Shoes campaigner Jack Lumby said the organising of the rodeo was off and running.
The stakeholders have also agreed on a name for the event - The Proserpine Lions Rodeo for Suicide - featuring the CRCA, the Proserpine Rodeo Association and A Mile in Their Shoes.
CRCA president Tony Ward said he couldn't have asked for a better spot than Airlie Beach to host the event.
"It was strange to find a place that was just over the moon about having an event there," he said of the first Bullarama earlier this month.
"So we thought, 'Oh well, we'll return the favour.'
"If it's well-supported, we might keep it there."
The Proserpine Lions Rodeo for Suicide will be staged across three days from Friday, October 16, to Sunday, October 18, on the vacant land next to Whitsunday Plaza, where the circus is held each year.
The event will be family-friendly, with all reserved seating to accommodate families.
All money raised will be donated to A Mile in Their Shoes to help reduce the impact of suicide and depression in the community.