Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) June 16, 2009 -- Toted as the biggest social event in Port Vila, Vanuatu, is the annual Kiwanis Charity Race Day. It is a colorful tropical island version of the Melbourne Cup. It stops the nation for 8 heart stopping, lung yelling races, run on a track like no other.
With around 10,000 race goers, compiled of locals, as well as visitors from all over the world, the event is the beginning of the Independence celebrations. "Race day in Vanuatu beats Flemington's party atmosphere hands down", said one enthusiast. The race even draws Aussie stewards and race callers.
Jockeys are very competitive and train to the best of their ability. However, most of them have grown up riding wild horses without bridles, helmets and for the most part like to go bare foot.
â¢ Gala Charity Ball Thursday 16th July 2009 â¢ Calcutta Dinner Friday Night 17th July 2009 â¢ Race Day Saturday 18th July 2009
Wendy Hargreaves says, "As a Port Vila race week survivor, I highly recommend attending every event. It's a great way to meet the locals. It's also a fun way to raise funds for local schools".
Numerous locals and overseas visitors dress up in all their finery for the opportunity to win prizes in the fashion parades, while other punters simply wear shorts, shirt and thongs. The temperatures hover around the mild mid 20's. Of course if it has rained the night before you might have to watch out for the odd large patch of mud.
Punters are able to have a place their bets on the eight races, at a tote supervised by local bank clerks. Proceeds from the day going to assist local schools, who get very little help from the government.
The Vanuatu Kiwanis Club has Peter Wilson, a well known local entity, as race chairman. Peter has had involvement with the races since its inauguration in 1985. All in the fun of a once-been-to-never-forgotten tropical island bush one-day charity horse race. You don't have to be a race-goer to enjoy this really great day.
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