IT ONLY comes around once every two years, so it’s no secret the residents of the small outback town of Winton are gearing up for an influx of 8,000 visitors and 72 performers as it prepares for the 2017 Outback Festival and the Famous for the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby.
In a bid to give back, the festival, through the fun and frivolity of the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby, will help increase awareness of bowel cancer and the benefits of screening 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, is proud to support an iconic regional event and reminds 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,” she said.
“If you’re heading to the festival, keep an eye out for Queensland Health’s Make No.2 Your No.1 Priority bum boxes and chat with my staff who will be at the event.
“I strongly encourage all Queenslanders aged 50 and over 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.”
The BIG BOWEL TOUR will also be making a stop at this year’s festival with Bowel Cancer Australia’s Big Bowel exhibit, where visitors can explore walking through the larger than life three-dimensional bowel.
The Quilton Australian Dunny Derby is a hilarious event involving teams of five pulling and pushing the thunderbox (dunny) through a 200 metre course, all competing for a $5,000 prize pool.
Celebrity competitors, twin brothers Luke and Cody Cook, winners of House Rules 2016 and Queensland Weekender presenters, will be competing as the “The 2 Ply Guys.” And don’t miss the Mayoral Challenge where the mayors of Outback Queensland compete in what may seem a very ‘politically incorrect’ challenge.
Other festival highlights include Outback Ironman, Iron women and Iron Juniors, Bush Poets Breakfasts, Outback Century Cycle Challenge, Sunset Extravaganza Charity Dinners, five concerts including headline act Mental as Anything and didgeridoo master, William Barton, Kids workshops and dedicated Indigenous Cultural Program.
With just one week to go, start planning ahead with the 2017 Official Program:
“Winton Outback Festival is proudly supported by the Queensland Government”.
Did you know?
Bowel cancer is a major cause of cancer-related death for both men and women, with around 80 Australians dying from the disease every week. The good news is, if detected early up to 90 per cent of cases can be successfully treated. For more information on bowel cancer screening, visit www.qld.gov.au/bowelscreen.