MELBOURNE CUP VISITS PETER MACCALLUM CANCER CENTRE

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By Charlotte Pordage

 
 

Patients and staff at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre had the opportunity to see one of Australia’s most iconic sporting trophies up close when it stopped by the Centre as part of the 2014 Emirates’ Melbourne Cup Tour in October.

 

The 18-carat gold Cup, worth $175,000, arrived at the centre at 10.30am, marking the completion of a three-and-a-half-month journey around Australia and New Zealand.

 

Our great city is renowned as both a sporting capital and an international centre for excellent healthcare and medical research.”

 

Peter Markov was one the patients at the centre who experienced the history and magic of the Cup firsthand. The 60-year old, who is originally from Macedonia but has been living in Australia for over 30 years, commented on the energy and excitement generated by the tour: “The sense of occasion and atmosphere is really great. It’s very lively today!”

 

Three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Jim Johnson and 1986 Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michael Clarke also joined the tour celebrations at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, sharing their incredible race day stories with residents and visitors.

 

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Chief Executive Dale Fisher, said that she was thrilled to be part of a celebrated international event that showcases Melbourne on the world stage: “Our great city is renowned as both a sporting capital and an international centre for excellent healthcare and medical research.”

 
 
 

Charlotte Pordage is a freelance writer/editor from the UK. She has a degree in English Literature and Latin and her interests include riding her horse Oscar and exploring Melbourne’s eclectic nightlife. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @charpordage.

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