There was a record attendance of approximately 250 people that turned out to the AUFS Chief Minister’s Cup, transforming the trackside at the Darwin Turf Club into a wonderland of endless excitement and fun for all.
This year, marked the 9th year the Asian United Food Service (AUFS), has supported the Chief Minister’s Cup. There was a record attendance of approximately 250 people that came and showed out for this event, transforming the trackside at the Darwin Turf Club into a wonderland of endless excitement and fun for all. This also included 29 different suppliers, 100 different customers, 6 race partners, as well as Countrywide and AUFS staff and family.
This event primarily started because Darwin Turf Club was seeking sponsorship and AUFS was happy to try something new whilst supporting one of their long-term customers. Over the years, the attendance has grown to what it is today, and we believe it’s a significant event for Darwin’s economy and the Darwin Turf Club, as it brings in guests from interstate. It continues to be a great opportunity to get suppliers face to face with the AUFS sales team and our top end users. Not only do the suppliers have opportunities at the race day, but we also organise any new product demonstrations or information sessions whilst the suppliers are in town throughout the week. Nelson and David would like to personally thank all suppliers that have attended over the years, or that attended for the first time this year, as the successful event would not be able to continue without their support.
It’s not all about the business
We kicked off the event the night before with dinner at a Gold Plate award winning restaurant, Hanuman. Amanda Swift from Karen Sheldon was the guest speaker of the night, who shared her experience and journey with Darwin’s quarantine camp.
On the day of the race day, a seafood buffet luncheon was provided which show cased AUFS products. The event was a fun filled day with a total of 7 horse races, best dressed competitions, winning door prizes and our very own punter’s club. There were 6 prizes awarded to best dressed competitors which included accommodation at Ramada, visa cards, shopping vouchers and dinning vouchers.
Giving back to Darwin’s Community
Karen Brown Fine Art donated two art pieces that represented Bush Races. This was created by two indigenous artists Stewart Hoosan and Nancy McDinny. During the Chief Minister’s Cup, a raffle was held to win the paintings. We’d like to thank everyone that participated in the raffle, with a very special mention to the Kimberley Marketing team that dug deep. Not only are we supporting Darwin’s local artists but all the money that was raised was donated to the to St. Vinnie’s 2022 Christmas lunch. St Vinnie’s Christmas lunch has been cancelled for the last two years during Covid, so AUFS are proud to be giving something extra this year to make it special.
Well done to the team at Asian United Food Service on a fantastic event, and for going above and beyond to support your customers and the local community!