Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Glenn having a special day out on the Swan River

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Help keep Glenn’s memory alive through the Melbourne Cup Luncheon

In 2003 Glenn Brown was a Kalgoorlie schoolboy, who at just 15 years of age, lost his fight against cystic fibrosis (CF).

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common life-threatening genetic conditions in Australia, with one in 25 Australians carrying the gene. It causes a build-up of thick mucus in the lungs and other vital organs, leading to irreversible damage. Unfortunately, the life expectancy for CF suffers is only 38 years, and there is currently no cure.

During his time in the hospital, Glenn met Janeine and Alison, who are both mothers of children with CF. Glenn had told them that wasn’t ready to die and was scared of being forgotten.

Glenn with his brother

When Glenn passed away in 2003, Janeine and Alison wanted to keep his memory alive. Within eight weeks they put together the first Melbourne Cup Luncheon with nearly 80 people in attendance.

15 years later, the Luncheon has raised over $380,000 with everything (except the discounted food) either sponsored, gifted or borrowed.

Held at Fraser’s, Kings Park (State Reception Centre) the event now hosts over 300 people.

All proceeds raised go towards the Glenn Brown Memorial Grant, which is administered by the Institute for Respiratory Health.

The grant-in-aid supports laboratory, clinical and epidemiological research into the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis. The MC Committee believe that supporting medical research here in Western Australia is a positive way of fighting this cruel condition.

The MC Committee hope that all children born with CF can look forward to healthier and longer lives. The results of the research conducted thus far through the Glenn Brown Memorial Grant are amazing.

How you can keep Glenn’s memory alive

Attend the event

Become a sponsor or donate a prize

In order to raise funds for this great cause, we are seeking the following items:

  • People or companies to sponsor games that are held on the day.
  • Donations of prizes or vouchers for the silent auction and other activities.

Please email Sarah at

Buy a ‘brick’ in the Glenn Brown Wall of Hope

Glenn loved having a good time, loved having his photo taken and loved music. His favourite song was Pink Floyd’s A ‘Brick’ in the Wall. This has inspired the MC Committee to create the Glenn Brown Wall of Hope.

The Wall is a ‘virtual wall’. This is displayed on the Institute’s website during 2018 as well as on two large screens at the Melbourne Cup Luncheon.

Each brick is worth $100 – our goal for 2018 is to sell 100 bricks and raise $10,000! For every brick purchased, we are one step closer to reaching this.

What you need to do

It’s easy! Simply complete the online form, then email us your name, company name or company logo (low resolution, landscaped image).


Melbourne Cup Luncheon was last modified: August 16th, 2018 by Sarah Cermak