Mother’s Day Classic Foundation

The Mother’s Day Classic was founded in 1998 by Mavis Robertson, Former National Chair of Women in Super (WIS) and Louise Davidson (current MDC Foundation Board Chair).  Mavis witnessed a breast cancer fun run overseas and she and Louise were inspired to create something similar in Australia.  Together they planted the seed among the Women in Super (WIS) network.

At the time, Industry Superannuation firms were noticing that breast cancer was one of the common reasons for accessing death and disability benefits. Creating an inspiring event to raise critical funds for breast cancer research was the perfect way for WIS to advocate for women’s health and so the Mother’s Day Classic was born.

Just over 3,000 Australians registered for the first Mother's Day Classic event in 1998 with events held in both Melbourne and Sydney. Twenty years later and 100,000 Mother's Day Classic fans were registering at up to 100 event locations around Australia. The Mother’s Day Classic has become an inspiring, community-driven tradition for thousands of Australian families who want to show support for a cause that affects so many.

Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could get in the way of the incredible Mother's Day Classic community with the 2020 Mother's Day Classic turning virtual. Over 50,000 participants in tens of thousands of locations across Australia chose to get active in their local area to promote awareness, support loved ones and raise funds for breast cancer research, as they do every year at Mother's Day Classic events.

Women in Super is a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve women’s retirement outcomes by advocating for a super system void of gender-based inequality. The organisation of the Mother’s Day Classic aligns with their work in promoting better retirement prospects for women so they can enjoy a happy and healthy retirement. 

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Front cover of Women in Super and Mother's Day Classic 2020 annual report

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MDC Foundation LTD Board

Louise Davidson AM

Chair

Heather Gray

Director

Nicole Oborne

Director

Melissa Birks

Director

Thomay Gatis

Director

Robert Pickering

Director

Stephen Reilly

Director

Zara Lawless

Director and CEO

Sue Field

Director

National Advisory Committee State Representatives

Thomay Gatis (Chair)

South Australia
NGS Super

Karen Prins

Queensland
Hostplus Super

Leanne Nunn

Western Australia
Catholic Super

Loretta Drago

Victoria
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Winsome Hall

New South Wales
NBCF, Medical Research Commercialisation Fund

Mother's Day Classic Foundation would also like to extend our sincere thanks to all the wonderful individuals who sit on our Focus Groups and other volunteer committees.