This year’s seven Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Queens presented $274,757.73 to their chosen charities at yesterday’s afternoon tea at Arvos Tapas Bar.Mount Isa Mines Rodeo Chief Executive Officer Ms Natalie Flecker paid tribute to the 2019 Rodeo Queen
Aimee Sewell, who was unable to attend and was represented by Matt West (for her charity Mount isa Police Citizens Youth Club); Charity Queen Tony Toholke (TIACS Foundation); entrants Kat Ufer (SES Mount Isa Group); Kate Lovett (North West Queensland Mental Health Network); Bron Myers (Mount Isa Base Hospital Auxiliary Cancer Unit); Kellie Pigliafiori (Royal Flying Doctor Service); and Allison Nicholson (Mount Isa Community Ensembles Inc).
Guests at the presentation included Isa Rodeo Inc President Darren Campi, board members Judy Boon, Julie Parry, Alison Bohanan Dowling, Peter Tupperainan and Garry Murray, CEO Natalie Flecker and 2019 Queen Quest co-ordinators Sharnee Lloyd and Diana Atkins.
Ms Flecker thanked the seven entrants for their record fundraising efforts. “On behalf of the Isa Rodeo Board and our local community thank you for the outstanding efforts you have all put into the 2019 Isa Rodeo Queen Quest, for representing the Isa Rodeo as ambassadors and of course, the huge task of raising funds for your chosen charities,” she said. “You’ve done a truly incredible job, and we also thank your support teams and the community for supporting your efforts throughout the year.”
Charity Queen Tony Toholke presented his cheque of $86,552.85 to TIACS Foundation representative Ed Ross. Matt West, representing Rodeo Queen Aimee Sewell presented her cheque of $$68,148.62 to the Mount Isa PCYC representative Linda Kirkpatrick. The “Spirit of the Quest” award winner Kellie Pigliafiori presented her $15,977.72 cheque to RFDS representatives Chess Garrett and Fiona Liddle.
Bron Myers presented her cheque of $35,716.35 to Mount Isa Base Hospital Auxiliary Cancer Unit representative Nicole Williams. Kat Ufer presented her cheque of $34,027.85 to SES Mount Isa Group representative Kimberley Smith; Kate Lovett presented her cheque of $27,630.44 to NWQ Mental Health Network representative Carmen Lehtonen and Allison Nicholson presented her $6,703.90 cheque to MICE representative Lania Woodsbey.
Ms Flecker also thanked the charities for supporting their entrants, the local community for supporting the various fundraising activities and to queen quest coordinators Sharnee Lloyd and Diana Atkins for their voluntary assistance giving the entrants valuable support and guidance during the year.
“It was an outstanding achievement for our entrants to raise a record amount in this, our 60th anniversary year,” she said. “We are looking forward to another successful year in 2020 and are in the process of finalising our entrants.
“If you are looking for an amazing experience, which will be both hard work but very rewarding, I would really encourage you to consider entering next year’s queen quest.”
The Queen Quest has seen dozens of women and two men raise many hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities over its long history.
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