Every year in Australia, the nation stops to watch the Melbourne Cup on 1 November at 3 pm.  It’s called the Race that Stops a Nation.

This is the one day of the year when just about every Aussie has a bet on the race.  This could also be the day that workplaces have a Melbourne Cup Sweep for Charity.

For the last two years I’ve written about giving to charity after the Melbourne Cup.  In 2009 and 2010 I suggested that everyone give $1 to charity at least.  In 2009 I gave $21 and in 2010 I gave $41.

In 2009 I gave to Charity what I had bet and in 2010 I gave my winnings to Charity.  If we can get every Aussie who places a bet to give something to charity on Melbourne Cup Day, just think how much extra money they would have available.

This year I have another idea.  Many offices in Australia have a  Melbourne Cup Day Sweep with employees giving $1, $2 or even $5 towards sweeps.  Your name is drawn out and placed against a number on the sweep.  You can be lucky and get a favourite with a real chance to win or end up scratched.  If your horse is one of the 3 top placed horses, you receive a percentage of the sweep.  Some sweeps also have a prize for the last horse.

So this year, I am going to donate at least $1 to charity AND I’ve approached my work and we are going to run a Melbourne Cup Day Sweep for Charity.  We will use the winnings to buy a present for a child at Christmas using the Giving Trees at Kmart.

if you are working and your office runs a Melbourne Cup Sweep, suggest that you have one for your favourite charity.

You could even have one designated charity as the winner or each sweep holder can choose the charity to win, writing down the name of the charity for the winning horse.

I think this is a great idea, as you have the chance to give something to charity and have the pleasure of the win using Melbourne Cup Sweeps for Charity.

Do you think your workplace would consider this?

If every office in Australia did that, that’s a lot of money heading over to all the charities in Australia who do a lot of great work.

Let me know if you are going to give $1 to Charity or run a Melbourne Cup Day Charity Sweep.

 Tania Shipman
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