Good bet for race that stops a city

The Weekend Post - - News - DANAELLA WIVELL

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 cot­ton­club­

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

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