Organisers forced to cancel ‘Dry Humour’

By Daniel Hughes

Deniliquin won’t be hosting three of Australia’s best comedians for a special drought fundraiser on Easter Saturday due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Dry Humour event was set to see 2019 Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson, Vince Sorrenti and Des Dowling perform at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Saturday, April 11.

The afternoon of stand-up comedy was to raise funds for Rural Aid, a charity that aims to safeguard the future of farmers.

The fundraiser was the brainchild of Mr Sorrenti’s daughter Michaela and Deniliquin teenager Zoe Metcalfe.

On Monday, March 23 at midday when COVID-19 clubs and pub restrictions went in to effect, Michaela and Zoe knew what it would mean.

‘‘It’s a shame but we have to cancel the show,’’ Michaela said.

‘‘At first when the personnel restrictions were put in place we started to anticipate the worst, but after pubs and clubs closed we knew we would have to cancel the event.

‘‘We haven’t yet informed Mr Gleeson and Mr Dowling but they probably would have figured it out by now.’’

Although the event has been cancelled at this stage, Michaela said they are keeping their options for fundraising still open and are hoping to reschedule another fundraiser for later this year.

‘‘We really want to get another event organised as soon as possible; we’re hoping it can happen later this year,’’ she said.

‘‘After talking with my parents we decided  it might have to be a different show to what we planned, depending on who is available.

‘‘We have  kept the website open; people can either refund their tickets or  leave them as a donation to Rural Aid.’’