RODEO BUCKS THE BLUES

Rodeo a rea­son to smile

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ja­cob Wil­son Ja­cob.Wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

SUI­CIDE preven­tion aware­ness has been put firmly on the com­mu­nity radar fol­low­ing the week­end’s Proser­pine Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion event.

The rodeo raised vi­tal funds to sup­port A Mile in their Shoes and the Whit­sun­day Sui­cide Preven­tion Net­work.

A Mile in their Shoes pres­i­dent Jack Lumby said events such as the rodeo were cru­cial to tack­ling this dev­as­tat­ing is­sue.

“We have seen what one per­son’s sui­cide can do, they cre­ate a can­cer within our com­mu­nity and take away life plea­sures from those around them,” he said.

“We are sick and tired of bury­ing our friends and our friends’ chil­dren to sui­cide and we are mak­ing a stand to take up the fight against sui­cide.”

The Proser­pine Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion event was de­signed to not only raise funds for sui­cide preven­tion, but to also give mem­bers of the com­mu­nity a rea­son to smile and en­joy the out­stand­ing en­ter­tain­ment on show.

Mr Lumby of­fered key words of ad­vice for any­one in the com­mu­nity go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time.

“My ad­vice for ev­ery­one is to talk to fam­ily friends and the com­mu­nity and do not keep it held inside you,” he said.

“There are peo­ple and agen­cies that can help you, like Whit­sun­day Men­tal Health at Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal, Life­line and your doc­tor, you do not need to suf­fer alone.”

As Christ­mas ap­proaches peo­ple are en­cour­aged to keep an eye on their friends and ask the all-im­por­tant ques­tion: Are you okay?

Mr Lumby said the Proser­pine Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion had al­ready re­ceived a re­quest for the rodeo to be held prior to Christ­mas next year.

Lo­cal rodeo cham­pion Owen Lee praised the or­gan­is­ers of the rodeo for put­ting on a fan­tas­tic show.

“The big­gest thing with Jack Lumby and Walk A Mile in their Shoes is there is not another rodeo like this around the coun­try,” he said.

“The money it raises for such a good cause is just in­cred­i­ble.”

A pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle re­ported $777 was raised for A Mile in Their Shoes over the week­end.

This was only the money raised through the un­rid­able bronco con­test, where if no bull­rid­ers suc­ceeded in hold­ing on the prize money was do­nated to char­ity.

If you or some­one you know are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a hard time please con­tact Be­yond Blue: 1300 22 46 36.

We are sick and tired of bury­ing our friends and our friends’ chil­dren to sui­cide. — Jack Lumby

PHOTO: JO HODGES / FRAME BY FRAME PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

IN THE RING: The week­end’s rodeo pro­duced some spec­tac­u­lar sights.

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