SURVIVING cancer can be like riding a bucking bull for all involved, and Calliope Rodeo organisers yesterday took their hats off to cancer patients with a $4000 donation to the local treatment unit.
Organisers of the annual bucking bulls event joined with major sponsor McCosker Contracting yesterday in presenting Gladstone Hospital's cancer services unit with the funds.
Hospital acting cancer care co-ordinator Danielle Allen said the funds would be used to buy a new urinalysis machine, which would help safeguard against damage to the bladder from chemotherapy.
The cancer services unit currently shares a urinalysis machine with the main hospital ward.
"We're so very grateful to the Calliope Rodeo and McCoskers," she said.
"For people to donate money in hard economic times like these is truly generous."
Rodeo association spokeswoman Desley O'Grady said her organisation had always been passionate about supporting local health and community services.
"Every family has been touched by cancer," she said.
Local cancer services need to be supported, she said, so people with cancer can continue to be treated in Gladstone and not have to travel to Rockhampton.
"I'm excited. Four thousand dollars is a lot of money to raise," she said.
"It'll be about $20,000 now that we've donated back to our community since our 2013 rodeo."
The 2014 McCosker Contracting Calliope Rodeo and Ute Muster will be held on the weekend of September 26-27.