The 2018 Mother’s Day Classic donates $2.1 million to breast cancer research

Posted by Rebecca Christian on 10 October 2018

MDC donates $2.1 million to breast cancer research, bringing the total raised to $35.3 million.

Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) has jump-started Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a donation of $2.1 million to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund key breast cancer research projects and take the total funds raised from the national event to $35.3 million.

The $2.1 million cheque  – which was presented to the NBCF at a special event in Melbourne – was raised by over 100,000 participants who walked, ran, volunteered and cheered at Mother’s Day Classic events up and down the country earlier this year.

The Mother’s Day Classic Foundation (MDCF) is the single largest donor to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Established in 1998 by the networking and advocacy body Women in Super, the MDCF has now funded 64 research programs and more than 250 Australian scientists, all focused on improving the survival outcomes of those diagnosed with breast cancer.

MDCF CEO Sharon Morris said the 2018 donation was a testament to all the people who make the Mother’s Day Classic possible.

“Our incredible volunteer network allows us to host 87 separate events on Mother’s Day and as well as raise vital funds for breast cancer research. Without the hard work of hundreds of volunteers it would simply not be possible,” Ms. Morris said.

“From our participants to fundraisers to volunteers, everyone should feel proud about the difference we are making to the lives of those afflicted by this horrible disease.”

“Research is saving lives, and there is no doubt that targeted breast cancer research is positively impacting breast cancer survival rates. Since 1994, the 5 year survival rate has improved from 76 per cent to 91 per cent.”

The 2018 Mother’s Day Classic was held in 87 locations, from capital cities to remote towns, all around Australia.

Organised by: Women in Super (WIS) is a national member organisation consisting of women working in the superannuation and related financial services industries. WIS cares about the health of women as well as their financial wellbeing and in 1998 established the Mother’s Day Classic, an event which has become the single largest donor to the NBCF.

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NBCF: The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the only national body that funds life-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public. NBCF research has helped develop better therapies, greater understanding of possible ways to stop the spread of breast cancer to other areas, and improved quality of life for patients and their families. Since its establishment in 1994, NBCF has awarded more than $162 million to around 514 Australian-based research projects to improve the health and well-being of those affected by breast cancer.