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PARKRUN AND MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC GO HAND IN HAND

Kalgoorlie

Posted by Mother's Day Classic on 20 February 2017

The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic’s regional events are crucial to helping the MDC achieve the vast funds we raise each year for breast cancer research. They also embody everything that’s great about the MDC; they are run by volunteers, involve the entire community, and represent a group of people united by a common goal.

Allison Hunter is an MDC regional event manager and has staged the Kalgoorlie-Boulder MDC since 2014.

“I have close friends who have had breast cancer and the MDC for them is a day where they feel part of the community,” she said. “To see the support of the community on the day, to see everyone in pink, even the guys, on Mother’s Day is amazing. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.”

Allison and husband Nigel have built their MDC success on the back of another community running event, parkrun.

It was after a trip to the Rockingham parkrun in their home state of Western Australia that Allison and her husband Nigel decided a parkrun in their hometown would be a good idea.

They were given the green light for their parkrun and held their first one on October 12, 2013.

Later that year a Facebook post planted the seed of another idea in Allison’s head.

“Something popped up on my Facebook news feed about MDC, so the brain started, and we got talking once again,” she said.

“We had done the hard work with parkrun, had a 5km course and just needed to lose 1km and we had an MDC course.”

Before long the MDC event in Kalgoorlie had a course and a ready-made volunteer army.

“I find being part of parkrun, MDC and Relay for life all link in well together, everyone gets behind each event,” Allison said.

“People who take part in our weekly parkrun are happy to support me with our MDC event and when the day comes around I don’t have a problem with volunteers as the parkrun community is there to support me.”

After the first year, the Mayor asked Allison if they could move the MDC to the local golf course, which she was more than happy to do.

“In 2015 and 2016 our MDC event was held at the golf course, which works better for a number of logistical reasons. The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has also been great supporters, sponsoring us the last three years.”

Allison’s enormous contribution to the community was recognised this year when she received the citizen of the year award.

“A close friend who is there to support in both parkrun and MDC Grant Wholey put my name forward for the award, I was quite surprised to win it. I was a bit lost for words because I feel like I just do the best for our community,” she said.  “It really is an honour to receive the award, and it shows that if you feel your community is in need of events then follow your heart.”

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