The Melbourne Cup Ladies Lunch as a fund raising occasion has a long tradition of women helping other women’s and children’s issues in Vanuatu.

This year’s lunch on Tuesday 1st November was no different in its intent with funds raised going towards Pikinini Playtime, an educational facility for children living with disability, the Vanuatu Women’s Centre to support delivery of their programs targeting domestic violence.

As always for the organising committee it’s a hectic day with fashion parade, live music from “Lilly in the Middle,” raffles, and fantastic food (this year on a High Tea theme) at “Reefers.”

“We’re no different to most Committees – a few people doing a lot so it is great to have the Vanuatu Towing Club’s elite rowing teams offer to come on board and lend a hand on the day with our fund raising, selling raffle tickets and joining in the fun is fantastic,” explains Liz Pechan who is heading up the Kiwanis Ladies Luncheon committee this year.

“We have a para rowing program with 7 para rowers coming down to the Club every Thursday. It’s really raise our rower’s understanding of the issues People Living With a Disability face,” explains Rio Rii, Shed Manager and the Para Rowing program coach. “One of our para-rowers George Langga has a target of competing in the Australian Para Rowing Championships in March 2017 in Sydney and of course the Para Rowing Olympic in Tokyo in 2020. Our Club depends on the Vila community helping us with our fund raising and so we’re really happy to offer to help with this fund raising.”

Of course, any fund raising event can only be successful if the women of Port Vila come along to one of Vila’s premier social events. Cold champagne, great food, live music, shared laughter with friends – and raising money for really worthy causes! What’s not to like?