IT'S THE race that stops a nation and it seems the Northern Rivers was no exception.

With dozens of Melbourne Cup events across the region, there were more than a few heels, frocks, fascinators and ties around.

But it wasn't all just about getting dressed up and having a punt.

For organisers and attendees of the Blue and White Auxiliary Melbourne Cup lunch, it was about raising vital funds for palliative care.

Auxiliary president Maureen Hamilton said the Melbourne Cup lunch at the Lismore Workers Club was one of the volunteer organisation's major events.

"We have such a regular group of followers who support us continuously, and they do that because most people have been touched and need assistance from palliative care," she said.

"Because It's such a special event and people have the opportunity to get dressed up and celebrate the Melbourne Cup."

Funds raised will go towards purchasing palliative care equipment such as wheelchairs, oxygen concentrators, electric beds, syringe drivers and pressure relieving mattresses and chairs.

Ballina Surf Club also hosted a special Melbourne Cup fundraising lunch to help support Meals on Wheels.

Our Kids paediatric support charity held its 13th annual Melbourne Cup luncheon, which was expected to raise more than $10,000.



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