Alison Gibbs and Caitlynd Gardner are the first prospective queens to run for 2017 Miss Rodeo Mount Isa.

QUEEN'S LAND: Prospective 2017 Rodeo Queens Caitlynd Gardner (21) and Alison Gibbs (20) are fundraising for Bush Kids and Ronald McDonald House (North QLD), respectively. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

QUEEN'S LAND: Prospective 2017 Rodeo Queens Caitlynd Gardner (21) and Alison Gibbs (20) are fundraising for Bush Kids and Ronald McDonald House (North QLD), respectively. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

The Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo 2017 Queen Quest has begun, and there’s still time to win yourself a crown (or rather, Akubra).

Fundraising efforts are in full swing since December.

Caitlynd Gardener has just completed her auto-electrical apprenticeship at George Fisher mine, and entered the Queen Quest to help out a charity that’s close to home.

“Bush Kids provide assistance to children up to grade one who have learning and behavioural difficulties. They help so many families here,” Ms Gardner said.

Alison Gibbs, who works at Bella Duck, wants to do volunteer work in India and Africa, and thought it made sense to start at home.

“I chose the Ronald McDonald Foundation because I have experience with them through my little sister. Last year they helped 57 families just from the North West region,” Ms Gibbs said.

Both women admit they’re in for some hard work fundraising, but also “a lot of fun”.

With rodeo still seven months away, the quest for the crown has just begun. To sign yourself up, contact Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo.