Host your local 2020 Mother’s Day Classic fun run and walk event

Posted by admin on 19 December 2019

The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) is an annual walk and run event raising funds and awareness for life-changing breast cancer research held every Mother’s Day, the second Sunday of May – Sunday 10 May in 2020.

Be a part of something big – 1 day, up to 100 events and 100,000 people nationwide – sign up to host your local MDC event and help bring the community together to make Mother’s Day mean more.

There is currently no registered event in your town or region so we are calling out for passionate and enthusiastic people willing to volunteer and host a local fun run and walk.

You can set up your own Mother’s Day Classic event in your town, no matter how big or small.  All you need is a local park or circuit, some walking shoes and a group of people to come together to raise money for a great cause.

Hosting a Mother’s Day Classic event is a wonderful way to show support and solidarity to those in the community dealing with breast cancer. The diagnosis is tough for anyone but there can be extra challenges for rural and regional patients including the financial burden and strain of having to travel thousands of kilometres for chemotherapy and specialist treatment.

Zara Lawless, MDC Foundation CEO said the event and the extraordinary efforts of everyone involved, particularly the volunteers, embodies the meaning of stronger together.

“The Mother’s Day Classic is so much more than the sum of its parts. It is more than just a fun run and walk and it is more than a highly successful fundraiser. It is a celebration that brings communities, right across Australia, together on Mother’s Day, acknowledging and celebrating the lives of those touched by breast cancer,” said Ms Lawless.

The first regional Mother’s Day Classic events were held in 2007, and since then a great number of dedicated volunteers have added more than 75 events in every corner of Australia.

In 2019 there were 78 regional events which attracted 23,031 entrants, who raised more than $400,000 dollars.

 “The smaller fundraising events are so important for those living in regional areas and organised by some of our most passionate and community focused volunteers. Their participation makes a significant contribution to funding research into early detection, prevention and treatment of breast cancer improving the outcomes of those people affected by breast cancer,” said Ms Lawless.

The Mother’s Day Classic provides the opportunity to create an inspiring, family-friendly fundraising event where everyone can get involved.

It doesn’t matter who you are and what you do – we are looking for people in your town to take the lead and get involved to make an impact and help make Mother’s Day mean more for your community.

NOTE: Registration to host an event closes on 20 March 2020. If interested in hosting, please contact our Regional Events Specialists at [email protected]

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in Australia. Its incidence is rising faster than any other cancer – with 8 women dying from the disease every single day[1]. A woman’s risk of breast cancer is now 1 in 7, up from 1 in 8 in the last year alone[2].

The 2020 Mother’s Day Classic walk + run will be held on Sunday 10 May in up to 90 locations from capital cities, regional centres and remote towns across Australia.

 

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Cancer Australia 2019. Canberra: AIHW

[2] Breast cancer in Australia statistics | Breast cancer. (2018). Retrieved 25 September 2019, from https://breastcancer.canceraustralia.gov.au/statistics