Charity looks at dry run

ALBURY may host its own version of Alice Springs’ Henley-On-Todd Regatta, where competitors race their “boats” along land.

Children’s charity Country Hope is aiming to stage the event in Hovell Tree Park in October.

The Alice Springs event, which sees various types of “vessels” race along the Todd River’s dry bed, began in 1962.

Country Hope’s volunteer and family liaison officer, Nikki Grae, yesterday mentioned the regatta plan, which would involve teams racing their craft, when outlining fund-raising plans for the charity.

Today, Country Hope will hold a free sausage sizzle at the Crazy Clark’s store at Lavington’s Five Ways from 9am to 2pm.

The store has donated $300 to the organisation, which assists children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

Ms Grae said Country Hope was supporting 40 families, with seven of those having come to the service this year.

She said $17,000 had been raised this year with Country Hope relying on donations for 75 per cent of its budget.

A music concert is planned for November.