The Alice Springs Rotary Henley On Todd Inc.
Media Release


hot desert TrailDate Change : The Hot Desert Trail will now be held on Sunday The 2nd of July 2017.

“After 55 glorious years, it’s time to add a new dimension to the Northern Territory’s most iconic and well known event – “The Rotary Alice Springs Henley on Todd Dry Riverbed Regatta” said Commodore for the 2016 event, Bill Palmer, “This year, we are offering the ultimate team challenge – the opportunity for people to walk the first leg of the Larapinta Trail and in the process, raise funds for charity.

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 “This is the inaugural HoT (for Henley on Todd) Desert Trail, that encourages people, companies and services to form teams of four to walk the 27 km Section 1 of the Larapinta Trail from Simpsons Gap to Telegraph Station and onto Snow Kenna Park, where we will celebrate their success and have them be our guests at a festival of music and fun. Each walker will have to raise funds of a minimum $400.00 (or each team raise $1600.00) as a condition of entry. All four team members can walk the entire 27kms or they can split their team to walk in pairs or individually over the four legs of the trail. Prizes will be given for the best crazy costume and to any team who turns it into the HoT Desert Sail (or is that the HoT Desert Trailer-Sailer) by walking it in a boat.
“Many people do not know that the Henley on Todd Dry River Bed Regatta is specifically organised by the Rotary Clubs of Alice Springs to raise funds for the many good causes they support – like school events, the Central Australian Education Foundation, the RFDS, Prof Tim Henderson’s work in reducing trachoma and healing the sight of the population of Central Australia, the Fred Hollows Foundation, amongst many others.

“The Henley on Todd has raised more than a million and a half dollars that have been given to individuals and organisations locally and internationally, supporting humanitarian effort across the globe.” advised Commodore Bill Palmer.
“This year’s particular focus is raising funds for an eye ultrasound machine for the Eye Clinic at Alice Springs Hospital to support pre- and post-operative cataract surgery.

 “We really want to get more local people to attend and become involved with the Henley on Todd and support Rotary to give back to community,” said Vice-Commodore Mike Smith.


Alice Springs can be proud of what the Henley on Todd has delivered to community. Participating in the Desert Trail and raising funds for Professor Tim Henderson’s Eye Clinic, the Education Foundation, supporting excellence in schools, ending Polio worldwide, supporting the Nepal Earthquake recovery, community health initiatives in India, PNG and other third world communities … is one way the community of Alice Springs can get involved in supporting humanitarian causes.

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