Melbourne Cup charity carnival is back

Organisers of last years’ event Maree Brooks and Sharon Hitchcock.

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Ladies, find your fascinator, and gents, dig out your top hat because the Melbourne Cup Rotary Charity Carnival is back.

Tauranga Te Papa Rotary has been busy organising the third annual charity carnival, but there’s still time to buy your tickets.

This year there will be an exciting line-up of entertainment, a live auction for horses running in the Melbourne Cup, sweepstakes, the auction of some very novel items, ‘Fashion in the Field’, and a fantastic three-course gourmet lunch in the ASB Stadium lounge.

Tauranga Te Papa Rotary is looking for people in the community to assist its fundraising efforts for deserving local charities, including the Alzheimer’s Society and Cure Kids.

The Rotary Melbourne Cup Charity Luncheon raised $12,000 in its first year, $30,000 last year, and this year it is hoped to grow that generous number and donate the proceeds to charities in need.

There are lots of prizes to give away throughout the day. Auction items include a P&O cruise, exciting weekends to domestic destinations, art pieces, vouchers and much more, as well as prizes for best dressed in the Fashion in the Field’ competition.

The event is on Tuesday, November 7 from 12.30-6pm. Tickets start from $125 per person, or $1250 for a table of 10. Guests include racing personality Jim Gibbs and Team NZ member Mat Hibbard.

With fantastic food and drink, live auctions, racing action and worthy causes you don’t want to miss this year’s event!

For more information contact Lyall Holmes from Tauranga Te Papa Rotary on 027 599 9224, email

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