NOVICE bull rider, adrenaline junkie and Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto has put his money where his mouth is, taking on an angry bovine to raise money for charity at Ingham's Sugar City Roedo at the weekend.
The flamboyant politician managed to hold on to the beast for 3.5 seconds before hitting the dirt before an appreciative crowd.
Mr Dametto now reckons bull riding should be a metaphor as to how to live life.
"Nothing quite prepares you for jumping on 750kg of angry beast," Mr Dametto said.
"All I can say is bull riding should be a metaphor for life: expect the unexpected, hold on as long as you can and just go along for the ride.
"I can understand why this is such an addictive sport. As soon as a I hit the ground, all I wanted to do is get back on that bull and have another try."
Mr Dametto's hair-raising stunt on 5 seconds of Glory, supplied by Simmo's Bucking Bulls, Mareeba, was all in the name of charity, raising money for Ingham based cancer support group Audrey's Angels of Hope.
"It was wonderful to see the outpouring of generosity from the local community in helping to raise more than $2200 for cancer support charity Audrey's Angels of Hope," he said.
"This will be a huge help to the organisation, which provides crucial financial, emotional and social support to cancer sufferers and their families."