Kintore crocs clash in watery dash
A race involving 1000 crocodiles is not unusual in Katherine. But the competitors are not the ferocious denizens of the Katherine River. Instead, the challengers are plastic green and yellow fundraisers for Kintore Street School.
On 22 June the diminutive racers were marshalled into an artificial watercourse and released in lots of 100, becoming awkward flotillas of numbered contenders bobbing along a 50-metre course.
The event is an annual money-spinner for the school, and this year’s 10-heat race contributed $9000 for the purchase of specialist equipment.
Principal Marg Chamberlain said the money will be used to purchase two specialist bikes for students with limited mobility, and extra sensory items to support students with self-regulation and anxiety issues.
“Six months of pre-race planning by the school included the sale of all our $10 crocodiles at markets, shops, and in the community, the organisation of advertising and sponsorship, a race day barbeque, face painting, children’s games and general supervision,” she said.
“We’ve been running the race for eight years, and with a $1000 first prize purse and 10 prizes of $50 for heat winners, and the range of extra attractions, it’s become increasingly popular with people of all ages in Katherine.
“It’s getting to be a well-known and much anticipated part of the Katherine social calendar.”