Cup Week roses to thank frontline workers

Cup Week roses to thank frontline workers

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will say a very Flemington thank you to frontline workers and local community organisations by gifting them roses from Flemington Racecourse’s world-famous rose bushes following the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

From Monday 9 November, the VRC’s team of gardeners will harvest the roses from the 16,000 rose bushes that make Flemington the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most beautiful rose garden. The VRC will partner with Rotary Flemington to assemble and distribute bouquets of the predominantly floribunda roses to Arcadia Aged Care Essendon, Gregory Lodge Aged Care, Kensington Neighbourhood House which has provided frontline interpreting and food support, Flemington Community Centre, Bolton Clark homeless program and the Flemington hospitals precinct.

The VRC is very committed to the local community and supports a number of charity organisations including Rotary Flemington, The Big Umbrella, SecondBite, National Jockeys Trust, Wingate Avenue Community Centre, OzHarvest and the Salvation Army. The Club contributes more than $1 million in total charitable donations each year.

VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott said that the Club wanted to further support and say thank you to those most affected by the ravages of 2020.

“The VRC wanted to find a special way to bring joy to the local community and frontline workers, who have been through so much this year,” Mrs Elliott said.

“Flemington Racecourse is nearly as famous for its beautiful roses as its world-class racing and we felt this initiative was one that would allow us to share the magic of Cup Week with the community.”

Network 10 will also be recognising the contribution of our frontline workers via a series of dedicated interviews on Seppelt Wines Stakes Day.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 31 October 2020 followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 3 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 5 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 7 November.

The VRC is proud to support Very Special Kids as the Pin & Win charity partner for 2020 for the second year, after raising $450,000 for them in 2019; pins are available for sale here.