Take in rodeo action to help Camp Quality
BY PURCHASING your tickets to the upcoming Ipswich round of the Rural Weekly PBR Live Series, you will not only be treating yourself to first-class rodeo action, but also supporting the vital work of Camp Quality.
The charity relies heavily on community donations in order to fund its programs, which primarily target children diagnosed with cancer, but also provides help for the families of those children.
One dollar from every ticket sold for the October 25 event will be donated to the family cancer support charity.
Camp Quality CEO Simon Rountree said there was an ongoing battle to keep up with the overwhelming number of referrals from hospitals and welfare organisations.
"We are constantly expanding," Mr Rountree said.
"Ten thousand children are diagnosed with cancer each year and there are in excess of 20,000 children whose parents have been diagnosed.
"Our goal and aim is to support all of those children."
Camp Quality estimates that it reaches about 85% of kids with cancer, but in the area of children whose parents have been diagnosed, the figures aren't quite as impressive - down around 5%.
Mr Rountree said the charity had only turned its attention to helping the children of cancer sufferers in the past 12 months.
"These fundraising events are crucial for us," he said.
"We work to spend the money in the area where it was raised, so the bull riding in Ipswich is about supporting families in Ipswich."
Camp Quality co-ordinates an enormous army of volunteers from its two Queensland bases in Brisbane and Townsville.
On any given day, there are 2500 people reaching out to children affected by cancer.
It is because of this significant volunteer base that Camp Quality is able to reach children in all corners of the state.
Mr Rountree encouraged residents to enjoy the action at North Ipswich Reserve.
"By coming along you'll not only be enjoying a great family outing, but you'll be supporting Ipswich families that are doing it tough," he said.
"When cancer affects your family your world is turned upside down. Simple things like gardening and cleaning don't happen anymore, and that's where we come in."
Tickets are available now at the QT office at West Ipswich or visit qt.com.au/liveseries.