It’s the race that stops a nation, but it couldn’t stop an international medical conference. Events specialist Ruth Lilian has recounted the day the Melbourne Cup came to the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, with her story winning a competition to help mark the Centre’s upcoming silver anniversary.
In the Centre Stories video project mounted last month at the Australian Business Events Expo, supporters from across the events industry were invited to share tales of their most memorable experiences at the Centre. Their stories will be used to create a video commemoration to be used as part of the Centre’s 25th anniversary celebrations next year.
Ruth, a director of L&R Contract Business Services, recounted the 1996 World Congress on Menopause which attracted 4000 delegates – more than double the number expected.
The event coincided with Australia’s most famous horse race, so a Melbourne Cup celebration was created in the Exhibition Centre involving real horses and symbolic betting.
“We made the Melbourne Cup happen and we brought Flemington (racecourse) into halls one and two,” Ruth said in her video. We had a wonderful afternoon… it was a joy.”
Ruth’s account was judged the best of dozens who participated in the Centre Stories project, earning her a prize of two tickets to the performance of her choice at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, an overnight stay at the Novotel Darling Harbour and lunch at the Centre’s Bayside Lounge.
Her winning video can be viewed here – Centre Stories