Alice school banked bush race profits

As horses thundered around the track at the Harts Range Races, six students from the Alice Springs School of the Air fundraised on the sidelines.

For two years the dusty Outback derby has been an opportunity to generate money for school resources, and after three months of long-distance preparation, student leaders attended to sell potato chips and drinks.

Alice Springs School of the Air principal Mel Phillips said the six students – representing the 15 student organisers of the money-spinner – came mainly from stations between Alice Springs and the Queensland border.

“After months of organising by video conferencing, the bush race was an opportunity for students to finally get together,” she said.

“They have always been like little Trojans, moving about the people and selling the goods from wheelie eskies and a trolley.

“Buying products, and transferring everything we need over 200 kilometres from Alice Springs was the biggest logistical challenge. But parents and staff all chipped in.”

The 69th Harts Range Races ran from Friday 29 July to Monday 1 August.

Alice Springs School of the Air students at Harts Range Races