This year marked the 115th running of the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington Raceway and the pomp and circumstance of the 2018 event was every bit as magnificent as the very first Cup Day, way back in 1904.
It was a day of glitz and glamour, bespoke tailoring, fantastical, whimsical headgear, and fun and frolics, as Cantabrians paraded the racetrack, sipped bubbly and basked in the heady atmosphere of one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated events of the year.
Up on the Lindauer Lawn rooftop, Sons of Zion, the band that brought us the fabulous song ‘Drift Away’, had the sold out crowd dancing the afternoon away. The Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Fashion saw some of the most impeccably turned out men and elegantly clad women showcase their stunning ensembles on the runway in the Public Village, while The Hits Body Art entrants wowed the punters with their gloriously imaginative body art.
The Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Lady was won by June Youngman in a stunning aqua custom-made dress embroidered with pale pink and red roses and matching wide-brimmed hat. Runner-up was Tanaya Jeffcott in a pale yellow dress with white and gold accessories. The Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes Best Dressed Man went to Duncan McFarlane in a navy wool suit with mustard accessories, including a family heirloom whip. The winner of The Hits Body Art went to sister duo of Georgia (model) and Gemma (artist) Dubson with their geisha-inspired creation. St John and Ronald McDonald House South Island were the charities of choice this year. One dollar from each racebook sold at both the Cup and Show Day Races goes to St John, while 50 percent of revenue from the sale of the Cup Day Pin will go to Ronald McDonald House South Island.
The Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup, the premier race of the day, was won by Thefixer and was driven by Natalie Rasmussen, only the second woman driver to win the cup race. The icing on the cake on this momentous day was to hear our New Zealand National Anthem sung by Porirua College trio Le ART; these gifted girls have performed at major sporting events, such as the Silver Ferns vs Australia, and have sung recently before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They say their dream is to travel the world and share their music in live performances.
We share our city with some incredible people who put heart, mind and soul into the support of philanthropic endeavours, so much so that we couldn’t possibly hope to list them all.
What we can do however, is list some of the upcoming events on the local social calendar which have been formed to support the vital charitable services that are at the heart of a strong community. We hope you enjoy.
Battle of the artists
Art Battle is live, competitive painting where 12 of Christchurch’s top artists have just 20 minutes to paint a canvas. The audience votes for the winner and all artworks are available by silent auction on the night.
But what is perhaps the most exciting aspect of this endeavour, is that it supports the charity ‘Just Peoples’ which was set up to connect Kiwis with the means and desire to join the fight against global poverty with small, locally led micro-projects across Asia and Africa.
Sunday 6 May from 5:30-9:30pm
Sixty6 on the corner Peterborough and Durham Streets
For tickets visit www.eventbrite.co.nz
It’s an iconic mystery dining experience and it’s all in support of Ronald McDonald House. Arrive with your guests at the pre-dinner function and enjoy a glass of champagne and canapes. This is where excitement builds with a live auction, before you find out where you will be dining for the night with a live mystery dining draw.
From exclusive local restaurants to private chefs at unique dining destinations, Supper Club Christchurch is sure to impress your dinner guests.
Friday 15 June from 5:30pm until late
Pre-dinner location to be revealed soon, mystery dinner location announced on the night
For bookings contact Robyn Medlicott on 027 225 5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A charitable cook
Life Education Trust Canterbury is very lucky to have the opportunity to host a fundraising event alongside Annabel Langbein.
Ticket proceeds will go directly to Life Education Trust Canterbury, enabling this talented team to continue delivering health educational lessons to 20,000 primary and intermediate school children in Canterbury each year.
During this exclusive event the second volume Essentials cookbook will be launched and Annabel will share stories from her free-range life as well as top tips and tricks to help you become a more confident and creative cook.
Monday 7 May from 6:30-8:30pm
St Margaret’s College, Charles Luney Auditorium
Tickets are available on www.eventfinda.co.nz
Wham Bam Author Jam
We have a lot of talented authors in this beautiful country of ours, and Addington Raceway wanted to create a place for the public to meet them and perhaps find their next favourite!
The event will feature local authors and even some from further afield, with ticket and raffle proceeds supporting the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. So, grab the family, grab your friends and head to Wham Bam Author Jam!
Saturday 24 November, 10am-4pm
Addington Raceway 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington
Tickets are available on www.eventfinda.co.nz