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Theodore to host first rodeo in decades

MUM'S THE WORD: Theodore Early Childhood Centre (TECCA) committee members Bronwyn Brunton, Natalie Goodland, (back) Suzanna Hindle, Jess Weimnar and Jane Conway are busy organising Theodore's first rodeo in decades, with all the proceeds going back into the centre.
MUM'S THE WORD: Theodore Early Childhood Centre (TECCA) committee members Bronwyn Brunton, Natalie Goodland, (back) Suzanna Hindle, Jess Weimnar and Jane Conway are busy organising Theodore's first rodeo in decades, with all the proceeds going back into the centre. Coulton's Country Photography

FIVE determined mothers in central Queensland have decided to go big with a major fundraiser for the Theodore Early Childhood Centre.

Bronwyn Brunton, Jane Conway, Jess Weimnar, Natalie Goodland and Suzanna Hindle are staging Theodore's Xtreme 1 Bulls and Barrels Bonanza to help raise much-needed funds for their local kindergarten and daycare centre.

Joining forces at the beginning of the year, these busy ladies have started organising a rodeo featuring bulls and barrel racing and are eager to see this new event become a huge success.

TECCA treasurer and spokesperson Bronwyn Brunton moved to a cattle property north of Theodore with her husband and three young girls in 2014.

"This year I wanted to join the committee to help with fundraising,” she said.

"It is a bonus to be working with an amazing group of dedicated and like-minded women.”

The Theodore Early Childhood Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on the support of locals and fundraising events to keep the doors open for the children of Theodore and surrounding areas.

This essential service operates as a combined kindergarten and daycare centre for the community.

The TECCA committee members have made it their mission to organise a rodeo that will appeal to everyone.

It is a huge task for the ladies but they are dedicated and driven to mark it as a permanent event on Theodore's tourism calendar.

Already securing the October 7 date at the Theodore Showgrounds, they have organised a stellar night featuring bucking bulls, barrel racing, food, bar and live music.

Local business Xtreme 1 Servo Theodore has come on board as principal sponsor for the event and is excited to be working with TECCA to help make the fundraiser a success.

The profits from the rodeo will go towards overhauling the outside of the centre, making way for new play equipment, grassed areas and a sensory water area for the children.

"This rodeo is huge for us. We are excited about working with Xtreme 1 and motivated to make it a great family night out in Theodore,” Mrs Brunton said.

TECCA will be actively promoting the rodeo throughout Queensland until October, which is affiliated with the Central Rodeo Cowboys Association (CRCA).

If you would like to come on board or help in any way, contact Bronwyn via the Facebook page: Theodore's Xtreme 1 Bulls and Barrels Bonanza.

Topics:  bush kids central queensland childcare centre fundraiser rodeo


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