The Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) will celebrate 50 years operating in Mount Isa by sponsoring the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo’s Friday night Mardi Gras.
Rodeo Manager Ms Natalie Flecker said she was very proud to announce the RFDS would take naming rights’ sponsorship of the rodeo’s family favourite – the Mardi Gras.
“This year’s Mardi Gras theme is “Flying Doctor Country: Celebrating 50 Years in Isa,” said Ms Flecker.
“The Royal Flying Doctor Service is an iconic and legendary part of Outback Australia, so we are thrilled they will be such a special part of the rodeo, which is also part of the Isa legend. As everyone knows who’s ever been, the Mardi Gras is the night that sets the festival tone for the rodeo weekend.
“We are looking forward to seeing how the local businesses, community organisations, schools and clubs who take part in the parade, will embrace the RFDS theme. It’s a great way to pay tribute to the service and how they are such an important part of life in the north-west.”
The Mount Isa RFDS Base commenced operations in 1964, after relocating from Cloncurry, the service’s first ever site.
RFDS Regional Manager North West Ms Stephanie De La Rue said supporting the rodeo’s Mardi Gras was a fitting way to mark a half century of operation based out of the Isa.
“The size of the North West region and the large distances between many families and medical care means this really is Flying Doctor Country,” said Ms De La Rue. “We couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate our 50th anniversary than to share it with the people we are here to serve. The rodeo Mardi Gras brings people from all across the region together for a community celebration. This is one way we can thank everyone for supporting the RFDS and keeping us flying.”
The RFDS is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive aero-medical organisations. Its Mount Isa base services people living, working and travelling in the remote regions of the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north, the Northern Territory border in the west, Hughenden in the east and Bedourie in the south.
Applications are open to register for the Mardi Gras. Please contact the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo office on 4743 2706 for registration forms and further information.
Ms Flecker said this year’s famous Mardi Gras parade would be followed by a new festival-style entertainment line-up for Friday night (August 8).
“The hottest upcoming artists from Tamworth Country Music Festival will be on stage for around three and a half hours,” she said. Friday night’s line-up includes Kaylens Rain, hilarious comedy act Buddy Goode, Luke Austen and Kaylee Bell, culminating in a performance by Mike Carr and the Allstars.
This year’s Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will be held from August 8 to 10.
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