EACH year the Scone Charity Rodeo becomes a success thanks to the help of local organisations and hardworking volunteers.
And, this year was no exception with record crowds pouring through the gates for the annual event in May.
Last night the charity rodeo committee continued its tradition of giving back, donating $8500 to four local organisations who helped the event come together.
The Scone Thoroughbreds Rugby League Football Club received $2250, Scone 1st Scout Group $3000 and $500 was donated to the Scone & District Pre-school.
A further $2750 was donated to the Scone Bucking Bull Association as a thank you for their support this year.
Scone Charity Rodeo president, Jade Smith said the event would not be possible without the community’s help and at the end of the day it’s all about giving back.
“The community runs the canteen, cooks a barbecue and operates gate entry; it’s a massive help and they make the event possible year after year,” Smith said.
A total of $13500 was presented to community groups, with some organisations having received the much needed support earlier.
Smith said they had already donated $4000 to BlazeAid and another $1000 was presented to the Where There’s A Will Foundation.
“We give back to who might need it at the time and BlazeAid is a perfect example,” he said.
“BlazeAid is a disaster relief charity that works with families and individuals in rural Australia to help them rebuild what they have lost,” Smith said.
“Earlier in the year the Sir Ivan Bushire devastated rural communities in the Cassilis and Dunedoo areas.
”The money was donated to BlazeAid straight away to help to rebuild fences and other structures that had been destroyed.”
Scone Charity Rodeo secretary Jessica Norton said she was overwhelmed with the support this year.
“I just love that the whole town can come together and help us to run an event that brings a lot of people into Scone,” she said.
“We always try to give all our donations locally, because without the local support we wouldn’t be able to run.”
Rachelle Baldwin from the Scone & District Pre-school said they needed the sponsorship this year to revamp the school.
“The money will go straight into replacing our front fence and gate,” she said.
All eyes will be on next years’ rodeo event with record numbers expected and the community continuing the tradition of lending a hand.
The 2017 Scone Charity Rodeo was made possible thanks to a number of generous sponsors: Ausure Scone, Saunders Motor Group, Bluewater Tanks, Metroll, MacCallum Inglis, Scone Home Timber & Hardware, Marsh Carney Saddlery and Scone Isuzu Ute.