Saturday 29 May 2021
A wonderful day! We were at last able to hold our signature Race Day in the Champagne Bar at Royal Randwick following the absence of our functions in 2020 due to Covid. The room looked spectacular, graced by our beautiful guests who were more than eager to support us once again.
We were honoured to introduce our new Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC who is the 39th Governor of New South Wales. Prior to her appointment as Governor on 1 May 2019, Her Excellency enjoyed a long and distinguished law career spanning 43 years, during which time she served as a role model for women in law at both State and National level. Her Excellency was accompanied by her husband Dennis Wilson and Aide-De-Camp. Her Excellency addressed our guests and complimented the Committee on their continued work in fund raising for the prevention and treatment of child abuse. She also shared her experiences of child abuse from her legal perspective.
Her Excellency endeared herself to our guests by freely chatting at several tables during the afternoon and enjoying the day.
We were delighted to have Mr John Gatfield preside as our MC who ensured the day ran smoothly given his background in the racing industry. He has hosted barrier trials coverage for the past nine years on Sky Thoroughbred Central as well as presenting on Sky News for thirteen years reporting from many overseas destinations. He has also worked at five Olympic Games as a media Liaison officer with a particular emphasis on equestrian sport. He also has a strong interest in military and veterans’ issues as editor of the NSW RSL Magazine Reveille for 20 years. He has had two books published as a collection of WWI and WWII stories and is currently completing a book on the history of the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway at Concord which he has been closely connected with since 1996.
Ms Robyn Lamb, Head of the Child Protection Unit at Westmead surprised us by providing an impromptu address, thanking Cornucopia for their ongoing support over many years and congratulating the Committee on their valued work.
A further surprise followed with our long standing supporter and Milliner Neill Grigg. Following choosing the best dressed Lady, Neil then awarded the best dressed Gentleman to the Governor’s Aide-De-Comp who was dressed in full military uniform. Our guests were delighted.
A successful and fun-filled day was had by all.