BIG DAY OUT TO AID CHARITY
Good bet for race that stops a city
MELBOURNE Cup day is one of the most lavish days of the year.
But there’s more to feeling good this Melbourne Cup than just a cheeky day off work, champagne all day and outfits to die for.
Charity events across Cairns will celebrate the race that stops the nation while also raising money for a worthwhile cause.
Cotton Club sales and marketing manager Leah Bursztynowicz said the club’s Melbourne Cup cocktail party would raise much-needed funds for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation.
“We’ve always celebrated the Melbourne Cup here, so we thought this year why not do it to benefit a charity?,” she said.
“Everyone stops to watch the Melbourne Cup so we thought we’d make it a bit of fun and get the whole community involved.
“Proceeds from ticket sales, the raffles, sweeps and fashion parade will go back to the foundation.
“There will be live music from Bobby McGuire, so it’ll be a really fun day.
“We’re not going to make much, if any, money out of the event, it’s purely to fundraise.”
Money raised from this event will be handed over to the hospital foundation to use at its discretion.
Tickets for the event are $55 and are available online from cottonclubcairns.com.au.
Similarly, NuNu’s Restaurant at Palm Cove will host its sold-out pink-themed charity event on Melbourne Cup day to benefit the hospital foundation.
The event has raised more than $120,000 for the children’s ward at Cairns Hospital over the course of 14 years.
The proceeds have gone to buy a paediatric heart monitor, kidney dialysis machine, equipment for the children’s playground, specialised equipment for the special care babies unit and a baby warmer in ER.
GOOD CAUSE: The Cotton Club's Leah Bursztynowicz and Chloe Harris are ready to supply a festive event for the Melbourne Cup to benefit the hospital foundation.Picture: STEWART McLEAN