Starlight is excited to again be the official charity partner of the Victoria Racing Club's (VRC) 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival Pin & Win Campaign.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of the community, the Pin & Win Campaign raised $350,000 for Starlight which helped the charity support nearly 9,000 sick kids and their families through its hospital programs. In 2016, Starlight and the VRC are aiming even higher, with hopes of raising more money from pin sales to support even more sick kids and their families. 

Proceeds from this year's Melbourne Cup Carnival Pin & Win campaign will go toward Starlight's uniquely Australian hospital programs at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne - Captain Starlight and the Starlight Express Room. 

Starlight Express Rooms (SER) provide a treatment-free respite for sick kids, teens and their families and every child or teen admitted to a children's hospital across Australia can access the SER with their family for a chance to play and have fun in hospital. 

Captain Starlights are professional performers who use their skills in comedy, acting, music and art to entertain sick kids, teens and their families in the SER or on the hospital wards for those too sick to leave their beds.  

Starlight State Partnerships Manager, VIC Lee White said they are pleased to be the VRC's charity partner for this year's Melbourne Cup Carnival.

"We are honoured to be the VRC's charity of choice for the Melbourne Cup Carnival's Pin & Win Campaign again," she said.

"Starlight helps give sick kids their childhood back through moments of happiness, laughter and joy during times when pain and anxiety can easily take over. We rely solely on the community to keep the doors to our hospital programs open, so we’re thankful for the opportunity to partner with the VRC so we can continue to sustain our vital programs.” 

As the must have accessory of the season, no spring racing outfit is complete without the classic Emirates Melbourne Cup Pin or the Horse Shoe Diamante Pin that will not only brighten any ensemble, but will also help Starlight to brighten the lives of sick kids and their families.  

VRC Chief Executive Simon Love said that Club was proud to be able to make a difference to the lives of sick children through the Pin & Win charity program. 

“The VRC is delighted to partner with Starlight for the second year and we encourage everyone who enjoys the Melbourne Cup Carnival to purchase a pin to support Starlight in bringing joy to the families who need it most,” Mr Love said.  

The $10 Horse Shoe Pin and the $5 traditional Emirates Melbourne Cup Pin will be available to purchase from Starlight volunteers throughout the Melbourne Cup Carnival or online at By purchasing a pin, people can enter the draw to win a share in over $134,000 in prizes, including a brand new Lexus NX 200t AWD F Sport valued at up to $73,000, drawn on Emirates Stakes Day (5 November).  


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