Mother’s Day Classic Foundation

In 1998, Former National Chair of Women in Super (WIS) Mavis Robertson, witnessed a breast cancer fun run overseas and was inspired to create something similar in Australia. Along with her co-founder Louise Davidson, she planted that 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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MDC Foundation LTD Board

Louise Davidson AM


Heather Gray


Nicole Oborne


Catherine Wood


Thomay Gatis


Robert Pickering


Stephen Reilly


National Advisory Committee

Thomay Gatis

Adelaide Chair
NGS Super

Karen Prins

Brisbane Chair
Hostplus Super

Alison Lake

Gold Coast Chair
Hostplus Super

Shane Hamel

Hobart Chair

Loretta Drago

Melbourne Chair
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Leanne Nunn

Perth Chair
Catholic Super

Winsome Hall

Sydney Chair
Zurich Australian Super

Paula Formella

Western Sydney Chair
Hostplus Super