ABOUT 300 people braved hot conditions to dig for diamonds along the Wimmera River on Sunday night.
The event was organised by the 100 Chicks Chase 100 Clicks committee, which is raising money for ovarian cancer research and Wimmera projects.
Project manager Andrea Cross said the twilight dig raised more than $2000.
“It was pretty amazing,” she said.
“There was a tipper truck with a trailer and an excavator.
“There were 90 tonnes of sand in the end.”
Mrs Cross said the dig, on the Horsham Showground riverfront, had a family atmosphere.
There were three sand-pits – one for adults, another for school-aged children and a third for tiny tots.
Stawell’s Michelle Dunn won the major prize, a champagne diamond valued at $1000.
“The other major prize in the adults section was an $800 sewing machine from Spotlight, which was won by Claire Hewson,” Mrs Cross said.
The major prizes in the school-aged section, a $500 diamond and an iPad Mini, were won by Jack Gardner and Riley Jervis respectively.
Seth Ezard won a scooter in the tiny tots pit.
Mrs Cross said there were still places available for women wanting to participate in the group’s four-day walk from Halls Gap to Horsham Showground.
“We’re also encouraging women to consider walking for just one day,” she said.
Mrs Cross said the committee was looking to set up an office in Firebrace Street in Horsham.
“At the moment, people can visit the Facebook page ‘100 Chicks Chasing 100 Clicks’ for more information or to sign up for the walk,” she said.
Mrs Cross said people could also visit www.horshamshow.com.au or call her on 0400 425 254.
The proceeds from 100 Chicks Chase 100 Clicks walk will go to the Ovarian Cancer Institute, Horsham Aerodrome’s patient transfer station and the redevelopment of Horsham Showground.