The Winton Australian Dunny Derby is back again for its annual race which is a little out of the ordinary to say the least.
The derby takes place from September 24-28 and involves teams of five which pull and push a dunny through a 200m course, all competing for a $5,000 prize pool.
A crowd favourite, the Winton Australian Dunny Derby is a fun and frivolous challenge with an important message. Through a partnership with Queensland Health, the "Make No.2 Your No.1 Priority" state campaign aims to increase participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said she was proud to support an iconic regional event and reminded Queenslanders over the age of 50 to make bowel screening a priority.
"Partnerships like this one allow Queensland Health to further engage with Queenslanders on important issues like bowel cancer screening," Dr Young said.
"If you're heading to the festival, keep an eye out for Queensland Health's "Make No.2 your No.1 priority" information stall and chat with my staff about Australia's second highest cause of cancer deaths and the benefits of bowel screening.
"I strongly encourage all Queenslanders aged 50 to 74 to look out for the free bowel cancer screening kit in the mail and take the time to complete the test to help detect early signs of bowel cancer. With early detection, 9 out of 10 people can be successfully treated," Dr Young said.
Festival manager Robyn Stephens said the derby was now receiving global attention.
"We've received confirmation from a film crew from Finland and a magazine journalist and photographer from Germany who are making their way to Winton to participate and share the story of Winton's Outback Festival with their respective homelands." Mr Stephens said.
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