News

Calliope Rodeo kicks in to help cancer treatment unit

HATS OFF : Calliope Rodeo Association’s Desley O’Grady and Calliope Rodeo major sponsor McCosker Contracting yesterday presented Gladstone Hospital’s cancer services unit with $4000. Pictured are Richard Gilmour of McCosker Contracting, Di Conrad, Calliope Rodeo Association’s Desley O’Grady, Lee Coats, Rachelle Bar, Tina Skyring and Danielle Allen.
HATS OFF : Calliope Rodeo Association’s Desley O’Grady and Calliope Rodeo major sponsor McCosker Contracting yesterday presented Gladstone Hospital’s cancer services unit with $4000. Pictured are Richard Gilmour of McCosker Contracting, Di Conrad, Calliope Rodeo Association’s Desley O’Grady, Lee Coats, Rachelle Bar, Tina Skyring and Danielle Allen. Mike Richards

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.

Visit Calliope Rodeo on Facebook

Topics:  calliope, calliope rodeo, cancer




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

820 LNG workers set to re-enter Gladstone job market

Onsite at Australia Pacific LNG. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

"I’m trying to stay because I like Gladstone"

Plans for a huge resort at Burua: photos

NEW RESORT: Proposed site of a massive new resort at Burua.

Shops, cabins, a health centre, mini golf and driving range expected

Election donations revealed for Gladstone council candidates

Gladstone region mayor Matt Burnett.

Gladstone mayor Matt Burnett received the most money with $15,000

Latest deals and offers

Public art at Goondoon St

Gladstone artist Geoff Head created the ten linocuts of Gladstone buildings that are now displayed on Goondoon St.

Gladstone artist Geoff Head explains where his idea came from to create linocuts of...

Ken cheers up Barnaby

Professor Owen Niven with deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and Ken O'Dowd.

Ken O'Dowd's slip of the tongue cheered up deputy premier Barnaby Joyce this...

Ernie Els dunks for eagle

Smooth swing, great shot.

Ernie Els lives up to his reputation for one of the best swings in golf.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%