A Mayfield East woman says she feels “ripped off” after a charity run scheduled at Hope Estate was cancelled after organisers went into liquidation.
Alexandra Wood said that she had planned to use the Miss Muddy event, which cost $90 to enter, as a way to raise money for cancer research.
“My husband died of cancer so I was planning on raising money for cancer research on the day so i feel like I’ve let the charity down,” Ms Wood said.
“There were a group of us – we were called the Non Startables which consisted of four older women including me and three teenagers, so it is very disappointing.”
The cancellation of the Hope Estate event along with events to be held in Brisbane, Henty and Melbourne in November was announced in a Facebook post by Events Move Enterprises managing director Allan Turner.
In the post, Mr Turner said that owing to the current financial status of the business, no refunds would be forthcoming. “Unfortunately the upcoming Miss Muddy events have been cancelled, and there are no funds available to enable refunds for the upcoming events,” Mr Turner said in the post.
Mr Turner, whose charity Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation was established in memory of his daughter who suffered a fatal cerebral aneurysm in 2004, purchased the event from Fun Events Pty Ltd in 2017, added that 8000 tickets needed to be sold for the remaining four events just for them to be staged. At the time of Tuesday’s cancellation, they had only reached 2600. “I am a broken man after this, my wife is in pieces,” Mr Turner told A Current Affair. “We have the most cleanest charity of all the charities out there.”
He said the last four events would have had to make $507,000 to break even.
“No matter what we did, discount tickets, offer specials on merchandise, engage new links to sell tickets, ask for support on many levels, it was not going to return $507,000 in such a short matter of time. We needed more time, more ticket sales and we just run out of both,” he said.
However, Ms Wood said that she has been left frustrated by the fact that there are no longer any contact details on the Miss Muddy Facebook page or website, robbing her and hundreds of women the chance to complain.
Ms Wood said the cancellation had added to her inconvenience.
“I know I am not the only one effected but I am also very inconvenienced as I have a disabled son and I had to make all sorts of arrangements for his care so I could participate in this event which i now have to cancel,” she said. “There is disappointment, there is inconvenience and also a sense of moral rage.”