The planning committee for the Our Kids Melbourne Cup luncheon are looking forward to the event on Tuesday. From left, sitting: Rebekka Battista and Sharon Dowling. From back left: Sharryn Lee, Carmen Kennedy-Beaumont, and Helen Bailey.
The planning committee for the Our Kids Melbourne Cup luncheon are looking forward to the event on Tuesday. From left, sitting: Rebekka Battista and Sharon Dowling. From back left: Sharryn Lee, Carmen Kennedy-Beaumont, and Helen Bailey. Cathy Adams

Cheering home the winners in the Melbourne Cup

IT'S a close race.

The contenders are fashion, friends, bubbly, horse racing and punting.

All five will be in abundance at this year's Our Kids annual Melbourne Cup luncheon at SCU's Union Central.

For Helen Bailey, fashion, friends and champaign take the trifecta.

"(The highlights for me are) the fashion and the champagne flowing and everybody having a great time with great friends," she said.

Sharon Dowling said seeing the fundraising result at the end of the day was the winning factor.

"Knowing that we've raised money for the charity, I think that's probably the highlight for me," she said.

Rebekka Battista said the best part was knowing the event had sold out.

"We are booked out, that is such a relief on my side and everyone would like to come and raise money for Our Kids," she said.

Carmen Kennedy-Beaumont said socialising was the best part of the Melbourne Cup event.

"You can see all the groups of ladies that come and they just really enjoy each other's company," she said.

For Sharryn Lee, ditching the heels at the end of a fun-filled day is a highlight.

"Taking our shoes off at the end," she said.

The women make up five of the six Our Kids Melbourne Cup luncheon committee.

The annual event has been running since 2003 and is sold out this year with 207 people attending.

The odds are good for the gents, with only four men pegged to attend.

Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista said planning for the event began in May.

She said since the luncheon began, over 2000 women have attended raising over $100,000.

How do you pick a winning horse?

Sharon Dowling: Definitely name, and never a favourite.

Rebekka Battista: The jockey's colours, there has to be pink in it. So the most girly jockey colours gets my bet.

Sharryn Lee: I actually never ever get there, I'm too focused on getting the jewellery ready. But this year I'm going to bet on a horse that has ties with the event's theme.

Carmen Kennedy-Beaumont: Name would definitely be the one if it related to some I knew or something that rang a bell for me, that's how I would go for, I really do not know anything about form whatsoever

Helen Bailey: I pick number seven generally, and colour.



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