A local charity is changing the lives of flood-affected farmers by hosting a charity weekend at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre.
The Sisters of the North's event from April 5-7 is aimed at building resilience in rural communities across the North West after the devastating flood in February.
Sisters of the North co-founder Susan Dowling said the event was established to bring affected communities together and forget about recent events for a weekend.
"We encourage those affected to come into Cloncurry for the weekend to enjoy our social and sporting event," Mrs Dowling said.
"There has been a really wonderful response from sponsors getting on board, but also locals nominating for the campdrafts and buying tickets for the luncheon."
The weekend's events will commence on Friday with the Sisters Shared Platter hosted by the QCWA between 10-11:30am at Charlotte Scott House, followed by the AgForce information forum which will incorporate a one-stop shop for recovery and flood response workshops.
On Friday night there is a community barbecue hosted by Cloncurry Shire Council at the Equestrian Centre. An invitational bull ride and local saddle bronc will take to the arena, with live entertainment from Townsville band, Mother's 2nd Choice until late with open bar.
Saturday will commence with the Ladies Draft and a Charity Gala Luncheon by NAPCO and Cloncurry Discovery Parks. The luncheon will feature guest speaker Libby Trickett and MC Ben Dobbins.
The Ladies draft and final will resume after lunch with a Panda Pearl set up for grabs for the winner.
Saturday will also host trade stalls and in the evening Australian country music artist Sara Storer will headline a community concert.
Sunday will wrap up the weekend with a $3000 men's campdraft.
Mrs Dowling said there was about 160 competitors across the weekend.
"This will be a great little draft to kick off the start of the campdraft season in the North West," she said.
"And we have almost sold all the tickets for the Gala Luncheon, so if patrons want to attend they'll have to get in quick.
"We really need to thank all our sponsors for assisting us to put on this event, especially Granada Station and McMillan Pastoral Co for supplying stock for the event. Without them we wouldn't have been able to host a campdraft."
More information about the Sisters of the North event can be found on their Facebook Page.
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