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THE MounT ISA Rotary Rodeo has grown tremendously
since its humble beginnings in 1959. An ambitious young
Rotary club had a vision to put Mount Isa, Qld, on the
map and create an iconic charity fundraiser. So the idea
of staging a rodeo was unanimously and enthusiastically
adopted, despite the fact that none of the members had
been involved in organising a rodeo, and only a couple
had even seen one!
Since then, the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo, also supported
by the Rotary Club of Mount Isa South West, has met
and exceeded all their wildest expectations, growing
in stature and prestige to become the biggest event
on the Australian rodeo circuit and the largest rodeo
outside North America – only the Calgary Stampede
and Cheyenne Frontier Days attract more attention from
rodeo followers and the media.
Supporting Rotary Charities
In addition to providing top rodeo action, the Mount Isa
Rotary Rodeo Inc has donated over $3.75 million back
to Rotary and community organisations to support their
valuable charities, community development and cultural,
sporting and service work across the North West and
around the world.
The Mount Isa Community get right behind the rodeo,
playing an essential role in the week-long festival. The
dedication of the Rotarians, the commitment from the
volunteers and the enthusiasm of the local community
make the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo part of a truly unique
and great community-owned festival.
Keeping its tradition, the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo
features competitive saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc
riding, bull riding, rope and tie, steer wrestling and team
roping events. It also includes ladies barrel racing and
ladies breakaway roping. For the juniors there is a bull
ride, bareback and barrel race as well as poddy calf rides.
This year ’s event will take place from August 9-11.
You’re in for one heck of a ride!
Australian Rotary Health is supporting
cancer research through the
Australian Rotary Health is pleased to support
Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative
Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS), an innovative
annual national research grants funding scheme
that provides a national approach to the funding
of cancer research in identified priority areas.
The funding scheme supports research that reduces
the impact of cancer on the community and
improves outcomes for people affected by cancer.
For more information about the PdCCRS
please visit www.canceraustralia.gov.au
These donations do not substitute for your regular, annual donation to
Australian Rotary Health. Your annual donation to Australian Rotary
Health is vital to continue our important work in mental health research.
Australian Rotary Health
PO Box 3455, PARRAMATTA NSW 2124
Phone: 02 8837 1900 Fax: 02 9635 5042
Supporting exciting developments in prostate
cancer research through the PdCCRS
Donations provided by Rotarians have recently enabled Australian
Rotary Health to support an exciting new research project in
Led by Professor Wayne Tilley at the University of Adelaide,
the project was co-funded by Australian Rotary Health and its
two PdCCRS partners, Cancer Australia and Prostate Cancer
Foundation of Australia.
Prostate cancer is a disease driven by hormones called androgens.
New hormone therapies for prostate cancer can stop the
androgens working by removing them completely or directly
blocking the hormone’s ability to stimulate prostate cancer cell
growth. These new hormone therapies have been shown to
prolong survival of men with advanced prostate cancer who have
failed all other forms of therapy and would otherwise die of the
disease. Unfortunately, however, resistance to these new agents
can occur, sometimes very rapidly, and the disease can then
become particularly aggressive.
“Through the PdCCRS funded project, my team will look at the
molecular basis for this hormone resistance and evaluate drugs
that have the potential to more effectively treat advanced forms
of prostate cancer”, Professor Tilley explains. “Additionally, we will
look at ways to identify those prostate cancer patients who are
most likely to benefit from the new hormone therapies”.
How you can help
Through Australian Rotary Health’s
partnership with Cancer Australia’s
PdCCRS, Rotary Clubs have the
opportunity to help fund high quality
cancer research projects. Funding raised
through Rotary Clubs is fast-tracked to
high quality national research projects in
– 100% of your tax-deductible donation
goes directly to the research project
– Donations can be for any type of
– Funds are pooled and Australian Rotary
Health supports the best project grant
application to each round of the
Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer
– Other cancer groups contribute funds
to these research projects multiplying
the original donation value.
Mt Isa Rotary Rodeo
One heck of a ride
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