The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-04T00:07:31Z Rodeo 4 Life Arena Spectacular Thrills for Charity with Troy Wilkinson Named 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Champion in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride 2019-12-04T00:07:31Z rodeo-4-life-arena-spectacular-thrills-for-charity-with-troy-wilkinson-named-2019-rodeo-4-life-champion-in-australias-richest-bull-ride MEDIA RELEASE: 4 DECEMBER 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Arena Spectacular Thrills for Charity with Troy Wilkinson Named 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Champion in Australia’s Richest Bull RideWhen Rodeo 4 Life the arena spectacular exploded at WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong on Saturday night, this ground-breaking first in extreme entertainment that combined Australia’s richest bull ride rodeo with a full length country music concert did not fail to impress. A packed house of country music fans, rodeo and extreme sports enthusiasts were thrilled when Rodeo 4 Life’s Grand Entry opened to Queens’ We Are The Champions with a star-studded line-up of 25 elite Australian bull riding champions, Rodeo Queen of Australia, Bonnie McLean, country singer Victoria McGee and host John Jarratt, amid a spectacular light show that set the tone of what was to come.Every bull riding champion lives for this extreme sport, its high energy and unpredictability with success dependent on the bull they draw and what happens on the night, Rodeo 4 Life was no exception with the energy fast and furious.Round 1 of the bull riding competition had the audience on the edge of their seats when the thrill-seeking cowboys burst from the chutes drawing on their experience and sharpened skills to stay mounted on John “Happy” Gill and Sons and Matt Besant’s mightiest bulls as they exploded from the chutes to a roaring crowd with Australia’s legends of rodeo, Glen Morgan and Tyler Pendagast calling the shots. Rodeo Clown Big Al Wilson kept the mood upbeat and the audience laughing while Rodeo Protection clowns Gene McDonald and Rodney-Ray (Rude) Mancell risked life and limb to protect the fallen cowboys from possible disaster.When it came to the concert; the power and spectacle didn’t let up when Travis Collins and his band rocked the crowd performing some of his greatest hits for over an hour while the audience cheered and lit up WIN Entertainment Centre with phone torches to much loved music and songs. Then came Round 2 of the rodeo and the competition for the grand prize was fierce as the bull riders challenged themselves against the bulls in the ride of their lives to help save the lives of others in need of organ transplants.With scores close, Troy Wilkinson, 29, from Upper Horton and Marrickville who is ranked 114th in the world, won the inaugural 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Championship title with a combined total score of 169 riding Vertical Exit and Earthbound adding to his string of credits including the highest individual bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier.Commenting on his win, Wilkinson said, “The riders always give it their best. We go into every rodeo competing not with each other, but competing with the bulls hoping that all elements come together to achieve the highest score.” “With Rodeo 4 Life, I got lucky. This event has taken rodeo bull riding to an incredible new level,” said Wilkinson. “Holding Australia’s richest bull ride rodeo in an indoor arena, located right on the beach, and combining it with a light show and a full-length concert starring one of Australia’s best country music singers, Travis Collins made it an exhilarating experience for riders and the audience. “The house was pumped, the atmosphere incredible, and because it was for charity, it was even more special,” he said. Cowboy Toby Collins, 27, from Maldon VIC was the only other rider to successfully score in both rounds and earned a combined score of 160 riding White Ice and Vertical Exit and walked away with $7,500 while Cliff Richardson, 28, from Gresford NSW, earned the highest individual ride score of 92 on superstar bull High Flying Akubra.The evening of extreme sport was not without its thrills and spills when Jono Couling, 26, from Singleton, was thrown in Round Two having a dramatic run in with B.F.G. which left audiences shocked. Couling said, “It’s a dangerous sport and that sort of thing is part and parcel of being a bull rider. It happens from time to time. I don’t feel too bad, there’s nothing majorly wrong with me just a cracked shoulder blade and some scrapes. I’ve had worse injuries and I’m looking forward to my next rodeo at Christmas.”Producer Doug Vickers OAM was delighted with the outcomes saying, “Rodeo 4 Life had 4 primary objectives; to raise wide-spread awareness of the life-saving work of the RPA Transplant Institute and funds to support their vital research; to increase awareness of the importance of organ donation; and, to create an arena spectacular that would thrill and entertain our audience.” “Through combining a full-length country music concert with the extreme sport of rodeo bull riding, Rodeo 4 Life achieved all of this and so much more,” he said. “Travis Collins gave an incredible performance and every one of our bull riding champions rode their hearts out to give the audience a show they’ll never forget while helping give others a chance at life,” said Mr Vickers. “Congratulations to all, especially Troy Wilkinson who took out the grand prize and the 2019 Rodeo 4 Life title. Together we achieved what we set out to do including generating widespread awareness of organ transplantation and more than $100,000 for the RPA Transplant Institute as a result of Rodeo 4 Life. With exciting plans are now underway to make next year’s Rodeo 4 Life bigger and better, in 2020 we’ll give the audience an even more spectacular show,” Mr Vickers said. Thanks to the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life, the RPATI will be able to continue with the development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant and a greater number of Australian lives to be saved.-ENDS- RODEO 4 LIFE LINKSRodeo 4 Life Website: https://rodeo4life.com.au/Rodeo 4 Life Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodeo4lifeau/Organ Donor Register: https://donatelife.gov.au/ RODEO 4 LIFE MEDIA CENTRE – DOWNLOADSPhotographs of Rodeo 4 Life the arena spectacular can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/RFL-Media or rodeo4life.com.au/media - PHOTO CREDIT: FRENCH’S PHOTOGRAPHY RODEO BULL RIDING RESULTSCOverall WinnerTroy Wilkinson: - Riding Vertical Exit & Earthbound- Score 169- Prize: $9,500 (total: Round 1 + $2k) Round One1. Troy Wilkinson on Vertical Exit scored 89 - Prize $7,5002. Toby Collins on White Ice scored 78 - Prize $4,5003. Jack McArthur on Reverend Black scored 73 - Prize $3,000 Round Two1. Cliff Richardson on High Flying Akubra scored 92 - Prize $6,0002. Bryden Atkins on Turbulence scored 89 - Prize $4,5003. Toby Collins on Vertical Exit scored 82 - Prize $3,0004. Ty Thompson on Bloodline scored 81 - Prize $1,5005. Troy Wilkinson on Earthbound scored 80 John Jarratt Announced as MC for Explosive Rodeo 4 Life Charity Event 2019-11-19T00:25:03Z john-jarratt-announced-as-mc-for-explosive-rodeo-4-life-charity-event John Jarratt Announced as MC for Explosive Rodeo 4 Life Charity Event Today, Rodeo 4 Life producers announced that John Jarratt, Australian screen legend will officiate as Master of Ceremonies in the explosive rodeo and country music charity event at WIN Entertainment Centre in his home town of Wollongong on Saturday 30 November, to help fund world-first research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Best known for his portrayal of Mick Taylor in the iconic Wolf Creek films and television series on Stan, Jarratt has long been committed to lending his name and his support to many worthwhile causes. “I believe we each have a duty to support important causes that make a real difference. Helping give people a second chance at life through promoting organ donation and funding transplantation research is up there for me as one of the most important things we can all do to help save lives,” said Jarratt. “I grew up in Wongawilli in the Illawarra so I’m really excited about heading back to my home town to be part of such an important cause when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong!” he said. Rodeo 4 Life’s producer Doug Vickers OAM said, “We’re very grateful to John and all those getting behind Rodeo 4 Life so together we’ll be contributing to saving the lives of many with 100% of profits supporting the vital work of the RPA Transplant Institute to help increase the number of life-saving liver and kidney transplants each year. “The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life explodes with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment,” Mr Vickers said. Rodeo 4 Life’s star-studded line-up includes John Jarratt as MC and seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing a full length concert with some of Australia’s toughest bull riding superstars fighting the odds to stay mounted on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money! Rodeo 4 Life will also star Australia’s legendary rodeo clown, Big Al Wilson, rodeo protection clowns Gene McDonald and Rodney-Ray (Rude) Mancell - both risk takers who’ll put their lives on the line to distract the bulls away from the grounded riders, rodeo announcer Glen Morgan whose name is synonymous with Australian rodeo sports; and, the spectacular mighty rodeo bulls bred by John “Happy” Gill and Sons Rodeo Contractors who’ll be doing their darnedest to send Rodeo 4 Life’s bull riding superstars flying! For tickets to the Rodeo 4 Life arena spectacular visit Ticketmaster or rodeo4life.com.au -ENDS- INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744   Access images from the Media Centre:  http://rodeo4life.com.au/media    Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with policies, rules and industry standards of Rodeo Services Australia (RSA), and the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events. Whilst the event is raising funds to go toward Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Transplant Service; the hospital or Sydney Local Health District is not involved in the conduct or organisation of this event. Rodeo 4 Life Announces Elite Bull Riding Superstars in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular! 2019-10-23T02:47:36Z rodeo-4-life-announces-elite-bull-riding-superstars-in-australia-s-richest-bull-ride-rodeo-spectacular MEDIA RELEASE: 23 October 2019  “Rodeo 4 Life” Announces Elite Bull Riding Superstars in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride Rodeo Spectacular! Today, Rodeo 4 Life announced its line-up of elite bull riding champions* who’ll thrill audiences when Australia’s richest bull ride and country music arena spectacular explodes at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong on Saturday 30 November to help save lives! In an Australian first, Rodeo 4 Life combines electrifying rodeo sports entertainment starring Australia’s toughest bull riding champions from across Australia with a full length live concert by seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, performing some of his greatest hits. Rodeo 4 Life will be a thrilling night of entertainment featuring a star-studded line-up of bull riding daredevil cowboys who’ll fight the odds to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money! Rodeo 4 Life’s cowboy line-up includes bull riding superstars Cliff Richardson (NSW), Troy Wilkinson (NSW), Wade McCarthy (WA), Mathew Bee (QLD), Troy Cross (NSW) and Toby Collins (VIC) who’ll be going for gold to take home the Rodeo 4 Life inaugural title and the grand prize! But these bull riding legends won’t have an easy ride! They’ll be challenged by young gun cowboys already with a string of titles under their belts including; Wyatt Milgate (QLD), Sam Woodall (VIC), Joe Down (VIC), Bryden Atkins (VIC) and Ty Thomson (QLD) - all aiming to smash records to win the Rodeo 4 Life title and the pot of gold! Producer Doug Vickers OAM, a long-time rodeo man who’s produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia said, “We’re thrilled to have such a fine line up of champions in this spectacular event that will keep the audience on the ‘edge of their seats’ when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong in a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment.” While Rodeo 4 Life will be exhilarating, Australia’s bull riding champions won’t just be bucking for the grand prize when they burst from chutes on powerful  bulls in the ride of their lives; they’ll risk all by ‘riding for a greater cause’ – to raise bucks that can save lives through funding organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute (RPATI). Champion cowboy Troy Wilkinson who currently holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier, said, “Rodeo 4 Life will be massive and the competition as tough as it gets!” “We’ll all be riding our hearts out for this important cause and hoping to bring home the grand prize in Australia’s richest bull riding rodeo arena spectacular.” Rodeo 4 Life producer Doug Vickers is more than a businessman, he’s also a grateful RPA liver transplant recipient who’s doing much more than setting the bar high for Australian rodeo sports entertainment; he’s also increasing awareness of organ donation and funding essential life-saving organ transplant research with 100% of profits dedicated to research conducted at the RPATI. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. Thanks to the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life, the RPATI will be able to continue with the development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant and a greater number of Australian lives to be saved. “Rodeo 4 Life champion bull riders and the audience will be part of something that’s so much more than a night of exciting entertainment - they’ll have the time of their lives while giving seriously ill people time to live,” Mr Vickers said. “By promoting the need to register to become an organ donor and funding this vital research at RPATI, we’ll be increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted and together we’ll save more lives,” he said. Travis Collins, who’s well known for his tireless fundraising efforts by dedicating his talents to causes close to his heart to help others said, “It’s an incredible honour to perform at Rodeo 4 Life. While music, song writing, recording and performing is my life, there is something very special about being part of something bigger that has the power to save the lives of many.” Book now at Ticketmaster www.bit.ly/RFL-BOOK or rodeo4life.com.au. -ENDS- *Full list of Rodeo 4 Life Bull riding champions on page 3.   MEDIA CONTACTS INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744 INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Champion Cowboys 2.      Doug Vickers OAM - Rodeo 4 Life producer and RPA Liver transplant recipient 3.      Travis Collins - Seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year 4.      John ‘Happy” Gill of JP Gill & Sons – Rodeo 4 Life stock contractor   RODEO 4 LIFE LINKS 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Website: https://rodeo4life.com.au/ 2.      Rodeo 4 Life Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodeo4lifeau/ 3.      BOOK NOW at Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/RFL-BOOK 4.      Organ Donor Register: https://donatelife.gov.au/   RODEO 4 LIFE MEDIA CENTRE – DOWNLOADS 1.      Photographs of spokespersons, cowboys, rodeo images and bulls can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/RFL-Media     JOURNALIST NOTES RODEO 4 LIFE CHAMPION BULL RIDERS (IN ALPHA ORDER) 1.      Ben Atkins from Tongala, Victoria, is a long-time crowd pleaser in bull riding competitions and was a NFR Finalist in both 2007 and 2008. 2.      Bryden Atkins from Chiltern, Victoria, was 2 time APRA Junior Bull Riding Champion and 2009 NRCA Junior Bull Riding Champion. Bryden also holds the 2014, 2015, 2016 RSA Woodalls Series Ride-Tuff Bull Riding Champion title and was a 2015 United Bucking Bulls inc. (UBBI) World Series Qualifier. Bryden’s been an APRA Bull Riding Qualifier multiple times and his recent wins at Barooga and Chiltern APRA Pro-Rodeos. 3.      Mathew Bee from Tarome, Queensland, won the title of RSA Ridetuff Series Rookie Bull Riding Champion in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 he was the RSA Rookie Bull Riding Champion and in 2016 and 2018 he took the title of NRCA Australian Bull Riding Champion. 4.      Brumby Brandenburg from Bloomsbury, QLD will be looking to take home his first bull riding title when he takes on some of Australia’s champions at Rodeo 4 Life. 5.      Joey Buckingham from Mossman Queensland, holds the titles of 2017 Great Northern Bull Riding Series Rookie Champion and 2016 Mareeba Rodeo Novice Bull Ride Winner. In 2015 he was an ABCRA NQ Zone Qualifier and in 2014 he was an Australian High School Rodeo Finals Qualifie 6.      Sam Champ from Meldale, Queensland holds the title of 2015 APRA Sunshine Circuit Bull Riding Champion. 7.      Toby Collins from Maldon, Victoria is the 2018 Cloverdale Bull Riding Champion, a 2016 (PRCA) Texas Circuit Finals Qualifier and in 2011 he won the title of APRA Rookie Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Champion! 8.      Troy Cross from Boorowa NSW, has been a national finals qualifier six times and holds the title of 2009 Christchurch New Zealand World International Winner.  9.      Jonathan Couling from Singleton NSW, holds the 2014 and 2017 East to West Coast Bull Riding Champion titles and was a WRA and LRA Bull Riding Finalist in 2016 in Alberta Canada. 10.   Sam Daly from Cobden, Victoria has a string of rodeo titles to his name including 2010 and 2011 RSA Junior Steer Riding Champion, 2012 SCRS Rookie Bull Riding Champion and the 2016 Ride Tough Woodall Series Rookie Bull Riding Champion. 11.   Joe Down from Warrnambool, Victoria is a four-time Dalby Qualifier, the 2018 and 2019 APRA Rookie Bull Riding Champion. Joe holds the 2018 and 2019 RSA Rookie Bull Rider titles. 12.   Jesse Glass from Qurindi, NSW has been working the rodeo circuit since high school and was a two-time Qualifier in the RSA National Finals Bull Ride & Steer Wrestling, ABCRA NFR and was a National High School Finals Qualifier. 13.   Lane Howlett from Roma Queensland, finished in the top 10 in the 2018 APRA season and took 4th place at Mt Isa in 2018.  Lane holds the 2019 Sunshine Circuit Bull Riding Championship title. 14.   Sean Lynch from Wagga Wagga NSW, is a National Finals Qualifier in both the APRA and ABCRA Championships. 15.   Kyle Maskiell from Longford Tasmania is an RSA Champion Bull Rider. 16.   Jack McArther from Cooyar, Queensland holds the 2017 APRA Bull Riding Championship title. 17.   Wade McCarthy from Muckenburra, West Australia holds the titles of 2018 West Australian All Round Champion Cowboy, 2018 West Australian Bull Riding Champion and 2014 ABCRA Australian Bull Riding Champion. 18.   Wyatt Milgate from Biboohra, Queensland is one of Rodeo 4 Life’s youngest competitors with a string of bull riding titles to his name. Wyatt is a two-time NRCA Qualifier, a five time ABCRA Qualifier and in 2017 and 2018 he was the ABCRA NQ Zone Junior Bull Ride Champion. Wyatt holds the titles of NQRA 2018 Novice Bull Ride Champion and the 2017 and 2018 Great Northern Series Bull Ride Champion. 19.   Cliff Richardson from Gresford, NSW has represented Australia 3 times at the PBR Global Cups and qualified for the 2018 PBR Velocity Finals in Las Vegas USA. He was 2018 runner up PBR Australia Nation Champion, the 2018 PBR Australia Last Cowboy Standing Event Champion, 2018 ABCRA Runner Up Nation Bull Riding Champion, 2017 ABCRA Nation Bull Riding Champion, 2017 ABCRA Central Circuit Bull Riding Champion and in 2011 he was the ABCRA Rookie All Round Cowboy, Rookie Bull Riding Champion and Rookie Bare Back Champion. 20.   Dylan Richardson from Maffra Victoria, is one of Rodeo 4 Life’s youngest bull riders. Dylan holds the 2016 National Rodeo Council Services Australia Junior Bull Rider title and the 2019 RSA Junior Bull Rider title. 21.   Anthony Ryan from Warrnambool, Victoria holds the title of 2011 RSA Novice Bull Riding Champion. 22.   Trefor Sproule from Singleton, NSW is a 3 time ABCRA National Finals Qualifier. In 2016 he was the XTREAM Bulls Runner Up Champion and in 2010 a ABCRA Finals Round Winner. 23.   Ty Thomson from Mt Walker, Queensland holds the titles of 2012 Calf Riding Champion (NRA), 2016 Junior Bull Riding Champion (NRA) and was named Novice Bull Riding Champion (NRA) in 2018. 24.   Troy Wilkinson from Upper Horton, NSW holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier. 25.   Sam Woodall from Heywood, Victoria holds a number of titles including the 2018 Australian Professional Rodeo Association Rookie Bull Riding Champion, 2017 National Rodeo Council of Australia Bull Riding Champion, 2017 APRA Southern Cross Rodeo Circuit Rookie Bull Riding Champion, 2016 Rodeo Services Association 2nd Division Bull Riding Champion, 2014-16 Rodeo Services Association Junior Bull Riding Champion and 2012 - 16 RSA Woodall Rodeo Promotions Junior Bull Riding Champion.   RODEO 4 LIFE Giving the audience the time of their lives to give seriously ill people the time to live! Rodeo 4 Life on Saturday 30 November 2019, at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, is Australia’s richest bull ride spectacular with $30,000 in prize money up for grabs with seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing live in concert. Rodeo 4 Life is the inspiration of Doug Vickers OAM, rodeo sports producer and liver transplant recipient. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with policies, rules and industry standards of Rodeo Services Australia (RSA), and the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with animal welfare standards, registration and licensing systems of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). An RSPCA representative will be invited to be on site to oversee the event and a veterinarian will be in attendance. Whilst the event is raising funds to go toward Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Transplant Service; the hospital or Sydney Local Health District is not involved in the conduct or organisation of this event. DOUG VICKERS OAM Doug Vickers was born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland. In 1970 he joined the Australian military serving in the RAAF in Australia and overseas. In 1991, Doug Vickers was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for his service to the military. In 1999, following his discharge from military service, Doug went on to teach at the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence until 2013 when he ventured into the world of business purchasing Loam and Stone Landscape supplies and establishing his engineering company which he operates today. On 23 December 2015, Doug underwent a life-saving a liver transplant at RPA. After receiving the gift of life and the lengthy recovery period that followed, Doug learned of the funding challenges faced by researchers at the RPA Transplant Institute and became passionate about creating a unique event that could generate essential funds for vital research that could save the lives of others. With a family background in rodeo sports dating back to the late 1940s and having produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia and served on the Judges Panel for both the APRA and ABCRA Associations, Doug initiated Rodeo 4 Life to generate much needed funds to support organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute.  On 8 August 2019, in an Australian first Doug Vickers OAM announced Rodeo 4 Life as Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert with 100% of profits dedicated to funding research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Rodeo 4 Life will be held on 30 November 2019 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW. RODEO 4 LIFE ENTERTAINMENT TRAVIS COLLINS Rodeo 4 Life will star seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing some of his greatest hits including Just Another Girl, Call Me Crazy, and Hard Light. A dynamic guitarist, vocalist and live performer, Travis Collins has established himself as a leading artist in the Australian music industry.  Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner with a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt. Well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances, Travis Collins continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. GLEN MORGAN - RODEO ANNOUNCER Glen Morgan is a name synonymous with Australian rodeo sports. Glen rode saddle broncs for more than 15 years winning 13 Australian titles. Glen also and competed in Canada and the U.S.A in the 1980s and 1990s before retiring from championship rodeo competition to become one of the best rodeo announcers in the business. GENE MCDONALD - RODEO PROTECTION CLOWN Rodeo protection clowns are risk takers who do more than entertain the audience during bull riding rodeo sports - they put their life on the line to distract the bulls away from grounded riders.  Gene will have one of the most important and dangerous roles in the Rodeo 4 Life arena - to protect the star cowboys from the bulls when they hit the ground so they can get back to the chutes in safety. BIG AL WILSON - RODEO CLOWN It wouldn’t be a Rodeo spectacular without Big Al Wilson, Australia’s class act Rodeo Clown.  A former pro bull rider and a seasoned veteran of rodeo entertainment, Big Al Wilson has won the title of Australia’s Rodeo Clown of the Year, 15 times. For 20 years, Big Al Wilson has performed at Australia's largest rodeos including at all the National Finals in Australia and New Zealand, the National Finals for ABCRA, NRCA, APRA and NZPRA, and will be the star Clown again this year at all National Finals Rodeos.  JP GILL & SONS CHAMPION RODEO BULLS Rodeo 4 Life will star some of Australia’s mightiest rodeo bulls, bred and trained by legendary JP Gill & Sons, our official stock contractor. “Happy” John P Gill, and his sons - John, Jason and Jarrod could easily be considered Australia’s “Rodeo Royalty” with a family bloodline of western-style performers dating back to the early days of Australia’s Wild West Buck Jumping Shows. From humble beginnings JP Gill & Sons have bred a bloodline of champion rodeo bulls beginning with Dr Jekyll and 007 purchased from Noel Cook of the Running N Quarter Horse Ranch at Nathalia, Victoria.   RPA TRANSPLANT INSTITUTE The RPA Transplant Institute was founded in 2006 to promote and support transplant research projects undertaken by scientists and transplant clinicians at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  The RPA Transplant Institute is part of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), Australia’s pioneers in kidney and liver transplantation research and surgery with organ transplantation one of the many miracles of modern medicine created at RPA. RODEO 4 LIFE - Set To Save Lives With Electrifying Rodeo & Country Music Entertainment 2019-08-16T05:48:56Z rodeo-4-life-set-to-save-lives-with-electrifying-rodeo-amp-country-music-entertainment MEDIA RELEASE: 16 August 2019 RODEO 4 LIFE - Set To Save Lives With Electrifying Rodeo & Country Music Entertainment Rodeo 4 Life, Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert will explode in an action-packed arena spectacular on Saturday 30 November 2019 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong to save lives through funding vital research at the RPA Transplant Institute. In an Australian first, Rodeo 4 Life will combine electrifying rodeo sports entertainment starring some of Australia’s toughest bull riding champions from all corners of Australia with a full length live concert by seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, performing some of his greatest hits. Rodeo 4 Life will be a thrilling night of entertainment featuring a star-studded line-up of bull riding daredevil cowboys fighting the odds to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money. Rodeo 4 Life producer Doug Vickers OAM, a long-time rodeo man who’s produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia said, “The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment.” While Rodeo 4 Life will be exhilarating, Australia’s bull riding champions won’t just be bucking for the grand prize when they burst from chutes on powerful  bulls in the ride of their lives; they’ll risk all by ‘riding for a greater cause’ – to raise bucks that can save lives through funding organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute (RPATI). Doug Vickers is more than a businessman, he’s also a grateful RPA liver transplant recipient who’s doing much more than setting the bar high for Australian rodeo sports entertainment; he’s also increasing awareness of organ donation and funding essential life-saving organ transplant research with 100% of profits dedicated to research at the RPATI. “The most humbling experience I’ve ever had in my life was to receive an organ transplant. I’m so grateful when I think that someone cared enough and had the forethought to donate their organs to others – what greater gift could you possible give to someone than this. “I hope that through Rodeo 4 Life we can raise funds for the RPATI machine perfusion research studies and build greater awareness of organ donation so that these things will work together to increase the number of life-saving transplants in Australia. This is my quest,” Mr Vickers said. With the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life the RPATI can continue development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant with greater number of Australian lives saved. “Rodeo 4 Life audiences will come from across Australia to be part of something that’s so much more than a night of exciting entertainment - they’ll have the time of their lives and give seriously ill people time to live,” said Mr Vickers. Travis Collins, who’s well known for his tireless fundraising efforts by dedicating his talents to causes close to his heart to help others said, “It’s an incredible honour to perform at Rodeo 4 Life. While music, song writing, recording and performing is my life, there is something very special about being part of something bigger that has the power to save the lives of many.” Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. RPA Transplant Services has given the gift of life to more than 1940 people in need of liver transplants at either RPA or The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (formerly Camperdown) and performed more than 3000 kidney transplants giving Australian’s freedom from dialysis and a second chance at life. “By inviting Australians to register to become an organ donor and through funding vital research at the RPATI, we’ll be increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted and together we can save more lives,” Mr Vickers said. For tickets to the Rodeo 4 Life spectacular, visit Ticketmaster or rodeo4life.com.au. -ENDS- INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744   INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES 1.      Doug Vickers OAM - Rodeo 4 Life producer and RPA Liver transplant recipient 2.      Travis Collins - Seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year 3.      John ‘Happy” Gill of JP Gill & Sons – Rodeo 4 Life stock contractor 4.      Researchers from the RPA Transplant Institute 5.      Organ Transplant Recipients - Located throughout Australia 6.      Rodeo 4 Life Champion Cowboys - Located throughout Australia   RODEO 4 LIFE LINKS 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Website: https://rodeo4life.com.au/ 2.      Rodeo 4 Life Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodeo4lifeau/ 3.      BOOK NOW at Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/RFL-BOOK   RODEO 4 LIFE MEDIA CENTRE – DOWNLOADS 1.      Photographs of spokespersons, cowboys, rodeo images and rodeo bulls: http://bit.ly/RFL-Media 2.      Broadcast quality interviews with Professor Simone Strasser of RPA Transplant Services on Doug Vickers’ remarkable organ transplant story and the importance of Rodeo 4 Life in funding vital research: http://bit.ly/RPATI-Interview DONATE LIFE - TAKE 4 STEPS TODAY TO SAVE LIVES! By taking the time to register, you’ll give someone else the time to live. 1.      Decide to become an organ donor 2.      Register today by visiting https://donatelife.gov.au/ 3.      Talk to your family and friends – tell them your decision and invite them to register to be and organ donor too! 4.      Make your tax-deductible donation to the RPA Transplant Institute TODAY to further research into organ transplantation to help save lives! Donate: https://www.mycause.com.au/payment/frp_donation/211566   JOURNALIST NOTES RODEO 4 LIFE Rodeo 4 Life on Saturday 30 November 2019, at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, is Australia’s richest bull ride spectacular with $30,000 in prize money up for grabs with seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing live in concert. Rodeo 4 Life is the inspiration of Doug Vickers OAM, rodeo sports producer and liver transplant recipient. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with policies, rules and industry standards of Rodeo Services Australia (RSA), and the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with animal welfare standards, registration and licensing systems of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). An RSPCA representative will be invited to be on site to oversee the event and a veterinarian will be in attendance. Whilst the event is raising funds to go toward Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Transplant Service; the hospital or Sydney Local Health District is not involved in the conduct or organisation of this event. DOUG VICKERS OAM Doug Vickers was born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland. In 1970 he joined the Australian military serving in the RAAF in Australia and overseas. In 1991, Doug Vickers was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for his service to the military. In 1999, following his discharge from military service, Doug went on to teach at the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence until 2013 when he ventured into the world of business purchasing Loam and Stone Landscape supplies and establishing his engineering company which he operates today. Doug Vickers’ life-saving transplant that Led to the launch of Rodeo 4 Life In 1981, Doug’s health began to decline. Doug was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and eventually Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) - a long-term progressive disease of the liver and gallbladder.  Although the disease was not life-threatening at the time, by 2015 Doug’s health began to decline rapidly and he was required to regularly travel from Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina to RPA for treatment.  After a near-death crisis, Doug was advised that he needed a liver transplant to survive. On 23 December 2015, Doug underwent a life-saving a liver transplant at RPA. After receiving the gift of life and the lengthy recovery period that followed, Doug learned of the funding challenges faced by researchers at the RPA Transplant Institute and became passionate about creating a unique event that could generate essential funds for vital research that could save the lives of others. With a family background in rodeo sports dating back to the late 1940s and having produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia and served on the Judges Panel for both the APRA and ABCRA Associations, Doug initiated Rodeo 4 Life to generate much needed funds to support organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute.  On 8 August 2019, in an Australian first Doug Vickers OAM announced Rodeo 4 Life as Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert with 100% of profits dedicated to funding research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Rodeo 4 Life will be held on 30 November 2019 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW. RPA TRANSPLANT INSTITUTE Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. In NSW, RPA Transplant Services has given the gift of life to more than 1940 people in need of liver transplants at either RPA or The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (formerly Camperdown) and performed more than 3000 kidney transplants giving Australian’s freedom from dialysis and a second chance at life. The RPA Transplant Institute, the research arm of RPA Transplant Services was founded in 2006 to promote and support transplant research projects undertaken by scientists and transplant clinicians at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  The RPA Transplant Institute is part of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), Australia’s pioneers in kidney and liver transplantation research and surgery with organ transplantation one of the many miracles of modern medicine created at RPA. In its first ten years, the RPA Transplant Institute funded many vital life-saving transplant research programmes that initiated innovative ideas and converted them into high quality research capable of saving and improving the lives of transplant recipients. While thousands of lives have been saved through organ transplant surgery, there are still many more Australian’s who won’t survive without vital research to increase the number of life-saving transplants that can be performed each year.   Rodeo 4 Life will enable the RPA Transplant Institute to conduct world first research using state-of-the-art technologies known as organ machine perfusion to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days and thereby increase the number of organs that can be transplanted. Organ machine perfusion both preserves organs and enables previously unsuitable organs to be reconditioned and made suitable for transplantation.  This vital research will set a new Australian benchmark providing far-reaching benefits to all Australians in need of life-saving organ transplant surgery. RODEO 4 LIFE ENTERTAINMENT TRAVIS COLLINS Rodeo 4 Life will star seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing some of his greatest hits including Just Another Girl, Call Me Crazy, and Hard Light. A dynamic guitarist, vocalist and live performer, Travis Collins has established himself as a leading artist in the Australian music industry.  Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner with a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt. Well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances, Travis Collins continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. GLEN MORGAN - RODEO ANNOUNCER Glen Morgan is a name synonymous with Australian rodeo sports. Glen rode saddle broncs for more than 15 years winning 13 Australian titles. Glen also and competed in Canada and the U.S.A in the 1980s and 1990s before retiring from championship rodeo competition to become one of the best rodeo announcers in the business. GENE MCDONALD –RODEO PROTECTION CLOWN Rodeo protection clowns are risk takers who do more than entertain the audience during bull riding rodeo sports - they put their life on the line to distract the bulls away from grounded riders.  Gene will have one of the most important and dangerous roles in the Rodeo 4 Life arena - to protect the star cowboys from the bulls when they hit the ground so they can get back to the chutes in safety. BIG AL WILSON - RODEO CLOWN It wouldn’t be a Rodeo spectacular without Big Al Wilson, Australia’s class act Rodeo Clown.  A former pro bull rider and a seasoned veteran of rodeo entertainment, Big Al Wilson has won the title of Australia’s Rodeo Clown of the Year, 15 times.  For 20 years, Big Al Wilson has performed at Australia's largest rodeos including at all the National Finals in Australia and New Zealand, the National Finals for ABCRA, NRCA, APRA and NZPRA, and will be the star Clown again this year at all National Finals Rodeos.  JP GILL & SONS CHAMPION RODEO BULLS Rodeo 4 Life will star some of Australia’s mightiest rodeo bulls, bred and trained by legendary JP Gill & Sons, our official stock contractor. “Happy” John P Gill, and his sons - John, Jason and Jarrod could easily be considered Australia’s “Rodeo Royalty” with a family bloodline of western-style performers dating back to the early days of Australia’s Wild West Buck Jumping Shows. From humble beginnings JP Gill & Sons have bred a bloodline of champion rodeo bulls beginning with Dr Jekyll and 007 purchased from Noel Cook of the Running N Quarter Horse Ranch at Nathalia, Victoria.   The Secret of Breeding Champion Rodeo Bulls What stands JP Gill & Sons’ prized rodeo bulls apart from other breeders is the Gill family philosophy that’s been handed down from generation to generation. Every bull born on the Gill family property at The Rock is loved, nurtured, and educated from birth which is why at just 3-to-4 weeks of age, the calves will run up to Happy and Sons looking for affection, attention and their supper. They grow up smart and accustomed to working with people. And they grow up surrounded by their great uncles and aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters. They’re more than a herd, they’re a family, and each of them has their own personality and characteristics just like people. JP Gill & Sons’ bulls start their performance career at approximately 3-4 years of age and are ridden in the rodeo arena for around 2 minutes each year.  Bulls perform for around 10-12 years. These bulls live comfortable, stress-free lives roaming and grazing the green pastures where they were born.  Each are individually hand fed daily with good quality oats, lucerne hay and molasses licks for additional vitamins to ensure they remain content and in peak condition.  When these pampered bulls travel for rodeos, they travel in style and comfort in their own purpose built semi-trailer standing on special soft bedding (a mixture of sawdust and sand) rather than standing on a cold steel floor and are unloaded at specific intervals and rested to stretch their legs and shoot the breeze in readiness for their 8 seconds of stardom in the rodeo arena. Currently, JP Gill & Sons have around 60 rodeo bulls and over 100 cows, young bulls and calves who live a good, free and easy life and when they retire, they live out their twilight years in the paddocks of their birth being handfed and watching over the next generation of JP Gill & Sons’ rodeo champions.