Entrants who signed up to take part in next month’s Miss Muddy fundraiser have been left furious after the company behind the event went into liquidation.
Events Move Enterprises announced on Tuesday afternoon that it had ceased operations after being placed into the hands of liquidators.
The event was scheduled for November 10 at the Henty Machinery Field Days site after the town won the wildcard entry last year.
The liquidators will contact all creditors (including registrants) within five business days.
Henty was one of five upcoming events across the nation where each participant paid between $70-$90 for entry into the event.
In a statement, the company said “there are no funds available to enable refunds for the upcoming events”.
Events Move Enterprises managing director Allan Turner apologised to all involved, saying “it is my fault, I take full blame”.
“I am personally and truly sorry for everything that has happened,” Mr Turner said.
“It hurts us to be in this position – we left it right up until last night to try to save it, but it just didn’t happen.”
Miss Muddy is described as “Australia’s most popular female muddy fun run with a range of fun obstacles designed to suit all levels of fitness”.
Events Move Enterprises is linked to Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, which raises awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donations.
Events Move Enterprises bought Miss Muddy in July 2018 (from Fun Events) and ran it under Events Move Enterprises.
The organisation had to sell more than 8000 tickets from July 1 to pay for the Henty event to run. However, it sold only 2600.
The last four events – Brisbane, Hunter, Henty and Melbourne – had an overall budget of $507,000 to run.
“Still, we would not have made a profit,” Mr Turner said. Mr Turner declined to disclose who the liquidators were.
Henty Machinery Field Days chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the news was “an unfortunate situation that we all find ourselves in”.
“One that we certainly could not have predicted,” Ms Anderson said.
“Our local community groups were ready to cater, man the bar, park the cars and keep things clean and tidy to create an enjoyable experience for all.
“The loss of income for these groups, the town of Henty and Henty Machinery Field Days is disappointing.”
Greater Hume Council mayor Heather Wilton said it was disappointing “not just for the town, but for the region”.
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