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ILCM hosts Melbourne Cup brunch in Macau

Posted by Kimberly on November 7, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 7, 2007, page 3 (693 words)

The International Ladies Club of Macau (ILCM) raised more than MOP30,000 by bringing an historical Australian tradition, that of watching the Melbourne Cup, to Macau yesterday, by organising a brunch at the Macau Golf and Country Club.
Funds raised will go towards a cook and driver for Macau orphanage Cradle of Hope, as well as towards equipment for the elderly homes.
The event, which saw 120 people attend, has been organised by the ILCM for about 12 years with the Golf Club having played host for the majority of that time.
It was officiated by commentator and master of apprentices, Harry Troy and his wife Lyn, who have been a part of the event since the beginning.
“They put in a lot of time to organise the day,” said Fran Thomas, ILCM’s vice president, adding that “the Macau Golf Club has been very helpful.”
The event was sponsored by six companies, Crown Macau, Morton’s Steakhouse, the Macau Golf Club, James Boag & Son, Mandarin Oriental and Optica.
Each of the 10 tables were named after prior Melbourne Cup winners, with Aristocrat sponsoring an entire table.
Jenny Lonergan, who was one of the five women on the organising committee said, “the event was sold out. We were expecting it though as a lot of people had booked early and we feel we could have sold another 50 percent at least of tickets,” adding that next year other options would have to be explored to accommodate additional guests.
“Some people have come along even though they know nothing about the Melbourne Cup while other groups of friends decided to come just to support the club,” she said, while other guests arrived from Zhuhai and plenty of interest was garnered through the Expat 9 website.
Last year MOP20,000 was raised while the goal for this year had been MOP40,000 but Fran added that the amount raised was absolutely wonderful. The ILCM had intended to include a fashion parade as part of the event but a change in the organisation committee, made up of Jenny, Melinda Ross, Patrice Millburn, Kerry Johns an Jude Ansell, meant this couldn’t occur.
Andrea Mansfield, president of the ILCM said, “I’m not aware there is another Melbourne Cup day in Macau,” adding that “it’s growing each year and Patrice [a committee member] actually had a waiting list this year so we’re going to have to change things next year.”
She said of Harry and Lyn’s involvement, “we couldn’t do the day without them. I wouldn’t even know where to start.”
Aruna Jha, of Aruna Indian Restaurant said, “the Australians are bringing their country’s events to Macau which is great,” adding that her own country’s event, that of Diwali, will be celebrated with a three day buffet between November 7 and 9, that needed to be booked by calling the restaurant.
Several prizes were given by the sponsors and other organisations, in order to help raise funds. Of the money raised from sweepstakes and raffle tickets, 20 percent went to the ILCM, while the rest went to the winners of first, second, third and last horse.
Prizes offered included rounds of gold by the Macau Golf Club, dinner at Morton’s, sunglasses from Optica, spa treatment and dinner at Crown Macau and aromatherapy and yoga packs from the Mandarin.
The Westin also provided spa prizes which will be used for raffles during the ILCM’s general meeting later this month.
Meanwhile, James Boag supplied the beer and Coca Cola supplied the soft drinks, while Summergate Wines provided discounts, the Paris Restaurant provided dinner vouchers, CTM offered the cable connection to watch the race and Camoes Portuguese restaurant also offered dinner vouchers. Books on Macau were given as table prizes by Option Design House.
Also present at the brunch was Lisa Jones, the only female in Macau to win the Macau Derby, John Didham, who has ridden over 600 horse winners in Macau and has returned and Trainers Alisha and Steven Brown.
Those wanting to assist the ILCM with their charitable deeds are welcome to contact Fran on (853) 6684 1497.
The Cup winner was Efficiency while Purple Moon and Mahler came second and third respectively.

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