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EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP STOPS BY AMARCO
There were feathers and flowers, horses and heroes, delectable delicacies and engaging entertainers.
After weeks of preparation and anticipation, Uniting AgeWell Amarco Apartments welcomed the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour for a morning of reminiscence and celebration on October 21.
The site was fortunate to be selected as one of 34 destinations for the Cup’s Australasian Tour, as it makes its way to Flemington for the “race that stops the nation” on November 1.
Residents had spent weeks preparing for the event in the Amarco lounge.
Residents from the aged care facility created hundreds of paper flowers to decorate a rose arbour, with assistance from volunteers from Victoria University as part of their V4U volunteer day.
Community clients created miniature wooden racing horses that decorated the lounge, and the ladies of Amarco finalised their outfits by making hats and fascinators in a special workshop with milliner, Diane Kilduff of Hatiness.
Uniting AgeWell CEO, Andrew Kinnersly, said the arrival of the $175,000 trophy illustrated the organisation’s commitment to community connection and encouraging older people to live and age well.
“Many of our clients have lived most of their lives in the Kingsville and Footscray areas and have memories about local sporting events including the Melbourne Cup and Spring Racing Carnival in nearby Flemington,” he said.
“Capturing that tradition in hosting the Emirates Melbourne Cup today is a powerful way of evoking some of those memories and emotions in older people.”
Three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey and Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Johnson, was the guest of honour.
He told stories about his historic wins, and how hailing from a racing family he was destined to be a jockey.
“It’s a great feeling that you don’t realise at the time but stands by you later in life,” he said of his wins.
Jim was joined by 2002 Fashions on the Field Winner, Arabella Forge, who shared her experience of winning Fashions on the Field as a young university student who loved the races and fashion.
“The beauty of the competition is anyone can win,” she said.
“You don’t have to spend a fortune to look fabulous, it’s about adapting to the elements of the day and being yourself.”
For Amarco resident John Stainsby, who won the door prize of a lunch for two at The Langham hotel, the event brought back fond memories of seeing horse training near his family home in Maribyrnong.
“Being so close to the tracks, I used to see them train all the time,” he said.
The event also included a delectable morning tea, photographic displays of Flemington and the local area by the Footscray Historical Society, photo opportunities with the Cup and entertainment from jazz quartet, the Jazzbos.
EXCITEMENT BUILDS AS AMARCO HEADS INTO SPRING
Western Bulldogs legend Tony Liberatore, aka, ‘Libba’, and team mascot Barkly brought finals fever to Amarco Apartments at the last Open Day on Saturday, September 3.
The Brownlow winner cooked snags, chatted to guests and shared stories about the highlights of his playing career.
Activities and excitement continue to build as Amarco hosts a string of upcoming activities including hat making with a milliner, historical displays of the local area and a morning tea extravaganza with the arrival of the Emirates Melbourne Cup tour on Friday, October, 21.
Amarco Apartment’s next open day will be on Saturday, October 8, 10am-12pm.
For more information about Amarco Apartments and the lifestyle it offers, please contact Anita Ukalovic on 9314 0193 to arrange a tour.
Amarco is located at 9 Edgar Street, Kingsville. Display apartments are open weekdays from 10am-4pm.