Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 61

WITH SHANE SKEEN sport Coote continues as RMH Ambassador North Queensland and major partner McDonald's recently launched the first ever official Cowboys burger, with 50c from each purchase going to support Ronald McDonald House North Queensland. A year in the making, the concept for the new burger is in line with the growing partnership between the Cowboys and McDonald's Australia across North Queensland. Why does that relate to us in the Hawkesbury I hear you ask? Well Cowboys fullback and Windsor Wolves junior Lachlan Coote signed on as Ronald McDonald House NQ ambassador in 2016 and he says the initiative will support a great charity and a great cause. "They support the families and their seriously ill children and do a lot here at Ronald McDonald House," Coote said. So let’s have a look at this burger. It contains the following ingredients: bun (qtr heel-toasted), McDonald's cheese slice, grilled onion, bacon rasher, beef pattie, tomato slice, lettuce, McChicken sauce and BBQ sauce. It sounds pretty tasty and Cootey loves it! “I’m excited to launch it and obviously being an Ambassador of Ronald McDonald House, they’re kindly going to donate 50c from each burger that’s sold so it’s going to a great charity and obviously a great cause as well,” said Lachlan. Amy Cooper, Ronald McDonald House North Queensland CEO went on to say, “McDonald’s is a major sponsor of the Cowboys and the Cowboys have been big Lachlan gets involved with making the Cowboys Coote is passionate about his role as an Ambassador for supporters of Ronald burger in-store. Ronald McDonald House McDonald House charities for over five challenge that a family with a sick child cause and they could not have chosen a years now.” is facing so he’s very passionate about better person for the role. “We had Matty Bowen as our former supporting the charity,” Amy continued. “It definitely puts it into perspective to Ambassador and we were delighted last Having the right ambassador can be see what the families are going through year that Lachlan came on board as our critical to the success of any charity and in and how much the child needs their family new Ambassador, particularly because Coote, a young father himself, they have around to get through those times,” said he’s a young family man himself and a man who is genuinely committed to the Coote. understands more than anyone the The World Polo Championship trophy arrives in Australia for official handover The World Polo Championship trophy arrived at Parliament House in Sydney last week, in an official handover ceremony. Administering the momentous event was Alejandro Taylor, CEO for the Federation of International Polo and Peter Higgins, CEO of World Cup Polo and proud owner of Sydney Polo Club. Eight of the world’s best Polo teams will compete in the Olympic grade World Polo Championship which is being held at Sydney Polo Club, Richmond NSW, from October 21-29, 2017.  The historic trophy originates back to 1987 when it was donated to the Federation of International Polo from the Maharaja of Jaipur. “It is an honour and a privilege to hand across this trophy and Championship event to the Sydney Polo Club. After seeing the calibre of the grounds, professionalism of the World Cup Polo management team and knowing that the Championship will be supported with a world class equine festival, I have no doubt that this will be the best Polo Championship in history,” said Mr Taylor. After meeting with the NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall, in addition to the Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts, Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres and Member for Hawkesbury and Minister for Industrial Relations, Dominic Perrottet, Taylor said he is looking forward to a smooth event. “I’m so thrilled with the support we have received from the Australian politicians and ministers. The embracing of this event is a testament to how passionate the Australian culture is of Olympic athleticism,” he said. In 2015 Peter Higgins, along with the backing of Destination NSW, bid and won the rights to host the 2017 World Polo Championship in Australia. “This is a major Hats off (or should that be on!) to all involved in bringing such an esteemed international event to the Hawkesbury. accomplishment for WINNER 2015/16 Find us on Facebook Like Us L to R: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Sydney Polo Club’s Peter Higgins, and CEO for the Federation of International Polo, Alejandro Taylor welcome the World Polo Championship trophy to Sydney. polo in Australia, which will have spin-off benefits for the Hawkesbury region and state of New South Wales,” Mr Higgins said. Speaking after the victory, Member for Hawkesbury and Minister for Industrial Relations, Dominic Perrottet said “It’s a great win for the Hawkesbury region. The World Championship will give this historic sport a great boost locally, and see our polo fields broadcast around the world.” The XI FIP World Polo Championship will attract up to 50,000 attendees and incorporate an array of equine disciplines including jousting, show jumping and vaulting as well as a fest