The 2019 Isa Rodeo Queen Quest entrant Tony Toholke is not the first male to enter the prestigious competition.
Way back in 1999, Brett Peterson, who later became deputy mayor of Mount Isa, caused a stir as the first bloke to enter the competition.
Not only that, he became the first person in nearly two decades to win the ‘double’ after being announced Rodeo Queen and Charity Queen that year.
Now Mr Toholke, who works for Hastings Deering in Mount Isa, says he is up for the challenge.
The third entrant of seven for this year’s Isa Rodeo Queen Quest competition is fast becoming a familiar face around town as he raises funds for the This Is A Conversation Starter (TIACS) Foundation, which aims to facilitate conversations around mental health.
“TIACS supports Australian men and their families who may be impacted by mental illness,” Mr Toholke said.
This Foundation was the Creation of the TRADEMUTT brightly coloured work wear shirts so Mr Toholke will be easy to spot at all of his fundraisers.
“I’ll be the one wearing a brightly coloured shirt, for sure. I’m looking forward to a huge 10 months of fundraising and I hope to give Mount Isa some outstanding fun and a lot of laughs,” he said.
Last weekend Mr Toholke was helping out at the 2018 Commerce North West Northern Outback Business Awards along with other volunteers.
He will continue fundraising in the lead up to the 2019 Isa Rodeo.
TONY’S UPCOMING EVENTS
Dinner with Santa and Mrs Claus will be held at the Mount Isa Golf Club on Saturday November 10 from 6pm
Tonka Tuxedo and Yiara Trivia night on December 15 6pm at the Mount Isa Golf Club.
All funds raised throughout the Isa Rodeo Queen Quest will go towards Mount Isa local mental health initiatives to help support and prevent suicide, so let’s tackle men’s health head on,” Mr Toholke said.
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