Isa Rodeo Queen Quest raises record charity funds

The 2019 Isa Rodeo Queen Quest has set a new fundraising record, raising a total of $323,588.74 for local charities.

Mount Isa Mines Rodeo Chief Executive Officer Ms Natalie Flecker said the amount was the most ever raised in the history of the Queen Quest.

Aimee Sewell was crowned 2019 Isa Rodeo Queen and Tony “Tonka” Toholke, only the second male to enter the quest, was named Charity Queen for his incredible efforts raising $101,846 for his chosen charity, This is a Conversation Starter (TIACS) Foundation. Ms Sewell raised $80,174 for her charity, the Police Citizens Youth Club of Mount Isa.

“The previous record held by Candice Harding for the Royal Flying Doctor Service since 2009 has been beaten by not one but two entrants – our Charity Queen and Rodeo Queen,” said Ms Flecker.

This year’s Queen Quest attracted seven entrants, whose hard work and commitment to fundraising was celebrated at the Bell & Moir Toyota Rodeo Ball inside the famous Buchanan Park arena on Saturday night.

Kellie Pigliafiori was presented with the inaugural “Spirit of the Quest” award for her outstanding efforts raising awareness of her charity (Royal Lying Doctor Service) within the community, as well as working tirelessly towards her goal.

Ms Flecker also paid tribute to entrants Bron Myers who raised $42,329 for her charity (Mount Isa Base Hospital Auxiliary – Cancer Unit), Kat Ufer ($40,043 for SES Mount Isa Group), Kate Lovett ($32,506 for North West Queensland Mental Health Network) and Allison Nicholson ($7,889 for Mount Isa Community Ensembles).

Ms Sewell said she was honoured to win the prestigious title and thanked her fellow entrants. “We’ve experienced such a wonderful journey together and thank you for all your support and encouragement,” she said. “Congratulations to you all because today your charities are in a better position than they were yesterday.”

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