For the second year in a row the Kiwanis Melbourne Cup Ladies Luncheon was held at The Reefers Restaurant & Rum Bar, on  November 7, 2017.

This charity lunch was kindly sponsored by Vila Distribution, Prouds and Lionfish Studios.

Proceeds raised during this event will contribute to the sponsorship of students at Pikinini Playtime, an educational facility for children living with a disability, to the Vanuatu Women’s Centre’s workshops and training program on Violence against women and to Ni-Vanuatu women para-athletes in the upcoming mini and Commonwealth Games.

The lunch and afternoon were entertained by Rosie Jacobs, our fantastic MC who organized very amusing games and Black Thunder, kindly lent by Andrew Hobbs of FM107.

John Patterson arranged sweepstakes and bets for the Cup, while the Vanuatu Rowing Club sold champagne and wine on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Port Vila.

The Kiwanis Club of Port Vila is very thankful for the wonderful support received from the sponsors who provided cash donations, assistance in kind or in cash and amazing prizes for the raffle and Lucky Door Prizes.

They wish to congratulate Christine Pobke who won the Air Vanuatu tickets, Katie Griffths who won the Air Calin ticket, and Sally Dunn who won a beautiful gift basket from Prouds.

Congratulations also to the winners of the Fashions on the Field, Michele Bartley for Best Hat, Lili Chong for Best Head Piece, Muriel Leong for Best Shoes, Cassie Hudson for Best Dressed in the Theme and Nikkie Fernandoz for Best Dressed.

The Kiwanis Club of Port Vila would also like to give a heartfelt thank you to the following for their wonderful support: Breakas, Iririki, Paris Beauté, Unity Airlines, Tamanu On the Beach, Azure Pure Water, Tana Russet, Top Signs, The Melanesian, Wilco, Francesca’s Restaurant, Lotus, The Grand Hotel, Reflections Retreat, Blue Marlin Club, the Warhorse Saloon, the Ramada, the Meridian Charters, American Fashion, Crave, Switi, Au Bon Marché, Ambassade de France, Organic Paradise, Tana Ciné, Switi, Stone Grill, Florabunda, Pacific Timber & Hardware, Ridgway Blake, Vanuatu Agencies, Island Properties, Florabunda, Carla Boutique, Esqal, Midas, Law Partners, Pacific Catering Services, Alan Tripp, Allison and Roger Cameron, Anne Pheu, BSP, Bred Bank, Origin, Georges Vasaris & Co., Leith Campbell, AON, Warwick Le Lagon, Carpenters, ANZ, Barrett & Partners, Pacific Private Bank and Credit Corp.

A special thank you to Liz Pechan and Ann Halbauer for their wonderful decorating of the venue and Leith Campbell for taking the amazing photos which are available at Top Shots.