With thanks to our supporters, partners and sponsors Doxa Youth Foundation successfully held its tenth annual Racing Lunch on March 6.
With stunning views of Melbourne from the prestigious Atrium room at Flemington Racecourse, more than 300 guests joined us to hear about the importance of our work in the community and enjoy exclusive insight in to the world of racing with superstar jockey Tommy Berry.
Doxa Ambassador Bruce Clark took to the couch with Tommy as he candidly shared anecdotes about his childhood, the highlights of his racing career thus far and the tragic passing of his twin brother Nathan in 2014. Tommy’s intimate account of his life both within the racing industry and away from it was entertaining, insightful, emotional and inspiring.
Doxa cadet Melina Nheng also shared stories about Doxa’s role in helping her achieve personal greatness against the odds. With a courageous story to share, Melina engaged the audience and spoke of how the generosity of our supporters is helping her reach her career and life goals.
“Being a part of this program has changed me in so many ways. If I hadn’t been accepted as a Doxa cadet, I would still lack confidence and self-belief,” Melina said.
“As cadets we truly appreciate the commitment sponsor companies and mentors have shown in helping us realise our potential and growth. I urge you all to continue supporting this program because it empowers young people with limited opportunities to achieve their own greatness.”
With tremendous support from Melbourne businesses and organisations, this year’s auction also gave guests the opportunity to bid on many unique and once in a lifetime experiences. Our big ticket item for the event, as well as a favourite amongst the punters, was the chance to be the ‘Owner of Protectionist for a Day’.
A huge thank you must be given to Victoria Racing Club Acting Chief Executive Julian Sullivan, Chairman Michael Burn and the entire team at Flemington for their impeccable hospitality shown to all Doxa staff and supporters.
Events like the Racing Lunch provide Doxa with some level of financial certainty that enables us to offer innovative and aspirational opportunities for young people facing disadvantage. The generosity of the wider community is invaluable to Doxa and the young people we support like Melina, as they embark on their journey to greatness.
Doxa would like to thank everyone who supported the Racing Lunch as we look to build on the amazing success of this year in 2016.