Dametto’s Last Ride
13th April 2023
Hinchinbrook MP, Nick Dametto, gears up to ride for charity one last time at Ingham’s Sugar City Rodeo, Charity Bull Ride.
The action-packed, family friendly event showcasing some of the North’s best competitors will be held on Saturday 6th May 2023 at the Ingham Showgrounds.
The State Member for Hinchinbrook first took on a bucking bull at the 2019 Ingham Sugar City Rodeo, in a bid to raise money for the local cancer support charity, Audrey’s Angels of Hope.
Since the event was established, the concept changed slightly giving would be bull riders an opportunity to get involved and ride along with Mr Dametto to raise funds for deserving charities. However, this year’s event will be Mr Dametto’s last ride and the last time the Charity Bull Ride will be included in the Ingham Sugar City Rodeo program.
The Hinchinbrook MP stated that it only seemed fit to be the sole rider at this year’s Charity Bull Ride to finish the event off the way it started.
“It has been a pleasure to be heavily involved in the annual Charity Bull Ride since 2019, I look forward to the event each calendar year however, it is time to hit the dirt one last time and hang up the spurs,” Mr Dametto said.
“Once again, I will be riding in memory of Judy Reardon and donating all funds raised to Audrey’s Angels of Hope.
“Fundraising events like this wouldn’t be possible if they weren’t backed by our generous and giving community. Thank you to everyone who has supported the event in the past, but I will be passing the hat around and asking you all to dig deep for one last time.
“Nearly everything in my life, I have improved at each time I’ve given it a go but since 2019 I can say my bull riding times are not getting any better.
“I have finally come to the realisation I’m not going to give up my day job and join the rodeo scene. But I am willing to risk it all one last time to entertain the crowd and raise money for a great cause.”
The Ingham Sugar City Rodeo President, Andy Murdoch, stated that the Charity Bull Ride has always been an event that brings the community together although all good things must come to an end.
“This one being Dametto’s Last Ride we would love to see bumper crowds to support our local politician and raise funds for Audrey’s Angels of Hope,” Mr Murdoch said.
“Nick is definitely fit enough, so let’s hope with a bit of extra training at the gym he can make a personal best or even better, stay on for eight seconds.
“The Committee would like to thank the community for their donations in the past. Since 2019 the Charity Bull Ride has raised over $14, 000 for charities like Audrey’s Angels of Hope, Hinchinbrook Branch Queensland Blue Light, Ingham Riding for Disabled Association, QCWA Long Pocket, Angel Flight and Black Dog Institute.
“Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and it will be good to see the Charity Bull Ride event come to an end how it started with our State Member for Hinchinbrook taking on a raging bull.”
This year to streamline processes there will be no cash donations at the event, and instead a GoFundMe page has been created.
To support Dametto’s Last Ride and donate to Audrey’s Angels of Hope please visit https://gofund.me/83d09bcd
For more information, please visit the Ingham Sugar City Rodeo Facebook page.