19 February 2006
Chairman of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation, Ronald J Walker, today announced a very special opportunity for Victorian women celebrating their 80th birthday in 2006, to coincide with the visit of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.
“I am delighted to extend an invitation to those Victorian women who share 1926 as a birth year with Queen Elizabeth, to be a part of a special reception prior to the Opening Ceremony”, Mr Walker said.
“Those fortunate enough to be a part of this event with the Queen will also receive tickets to the Opening Ceremony – a once in a lifetime event”.
As Head of the Commonwealth, the Queen will officially open the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Wednesday March 15.
Immediately prior to the official opening, the Queen will attend a reception at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Her Majesty will celebrate her 80th birthday only 37 days later on 21st April.
“They will be warmly welcomed to the reception being attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh – I know they will enjoy both the reception and the spectacular Opening Ceremony which follows”.
“Our aim is to make their 80th birthday year even more special for these women and their guests.”
Three invitations are being made available, one each for three 80th birthday celebrants, and each woman picked from a random Ballot will be able to be accompanied by a guest of their choice.
To enter this ballot, those celebrating their 80th birthdays in 2006 (born on any date between January 1 and December 31 inclusive) should send a letter including their full name, current postal address, a contact phone number, proof of birth (passport, licence or birth certificate) to;
80th Birthday Celebrant Ballot
Locked Bag 2006
South Melbourne VIC 3205
The ballot is open from today - Wednesday February 9. Applications must be postmarked on or before Friday February 24.
Those three individuals who have been picked at random in the ballot will be notified of their success by Wednesday March 1.
The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations taking part in the XVIII Commonwealth Games to be held from 15-26 March 2006.
For further information on the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, go to www.melbourne2006.com.au.
For further information;
Simon Frost 0419 495 468