Miss Muddy shock

EVENTS CAN­CELLED AS COM­PANY GOES INTO LIQUIDATION; NO RE­FUNDS

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed

An event ac­quired by Shep­par­ton’s Al­lan Turner has been can­celled with the com­pany Events Move En­ter­prises Pty Ltd go­ing into liquidation.

Just 90 days af­ter ac­quir­ing the Miss Muddy events, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mr Turner made an an­nounce­ment on the Miss Muddy Face­book page and said all events had been can­celled.

‘‘There are no funds avail­able to en­able re­funds for the up­com­ing events,’’ he said. ‘‘We sin­cerely apol­o­gise for this out­come.’’

In an open let­ter, Mr Turner took the full blame for what had hap­pened since Events Move En­ter­prises had pur­chased the event from Adam McDon­ald of Fun Events Pty Ltd on July 1.

‘‘It has only been three months since we took over and since then it sim­ply came down to cash flow in ver­sus cash flow go­ing out, to run this busi­ness and also to ob­tain in­come to run the four re­main­ing Miss Muddy events (in Bris­bane, Hunter, Henty and Mel­bourne),’’ he wrote.

‘‘It just did not add up or work for us.’’

The let­ter went on to ex­plain Events Move En­ter­prises was re­quired to sell more than 8000 tick­ets but was suc­cess­ful in selling only 2600 tick­ets.

Mr Turner said the to­tal bud­get to run the fi­nal four events sat at $507 000 which would not re­turn a profit.

‘‘What tick­ets we sold was spent on run­ning Events Move (En­ter­prises Pty Ltd), de­posits on sites fees/ser­vices/goods, Up­hill bat­tle: paint, medals (30 000), sin­glets (12 500 pre-sales), staff wages, im­port duty, ad­min fees and the list just keeps go­ing and over­head costs ab­sorbed what­ever in­come was ob­tained be­tween July 1 un­til to­day,’’ he said.

‘‘I made mis­takes along the way and I put my hand up for these mis­takes, but no mat­ter what these were and how that panned out, there was no way we could sell 8000 tick­ets to make the events work be­tween July 1 and (Oc­to­ber 9). For this I am per­son­ally and truly sorry for and I apol­o­gise for ev­ery­thing that has hap­pened be­tween July 1 un­til this day Oc­to­ber 9, 2018. It is my fault, I take full blame.’’

The can­cel­la­tion and an­nounce­ment tick­ets would not be re­funded left par­tic­i­pants an­gry, who reached out to Chan­nel Nine pro­gram A Cur­rent Af­fair.

Mr Turner told A Cur­rent Af­fair, which aired on Thurs­day night, he was a bro­ken man due to the fact his char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion Zaidee’s Rain­bow Foun­da­tion had been as­so­ci­ated with the liquidation.

He and wife Kim started the foun­da­tion in 2005 fol­low­ing the death of their daugh­ter Zaidee, who was just seven years old.

Last year the foun­da­tion pur­chased the Mad Cow Mud Run which was suc­cess­fully held in Shep­par­ton in March this year.

Mr Turner was con­tacted by The News for com­ment but did not wish to add any­thing fur­ther to his state­ment on the Miss Muddy Face­book page. Al­lan Turner

Zaidee’s Rain­bow Foun­da­tion ac­quired Shep­par­ton’s Mad Cow Mud Run event which was suc­cess­fully run in March.

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