How your donations are making a difference

Over the past 26 years, 1.6 million Mother’s Day Classic participants have donated $44 million to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to fund life-saving breast cancer research. These funds are helping researchers to undertake research that will help us detect tumours earlier, improve treatment outcomes, and ultimately save lives.

Our MDC community is proud that since the MDC began in 1998 the relative 5 year survival rate for breast cancer has increased from 84% to 92%. But we recognise that there is still more to be done. Through public support of medical research, the rates of survival of breast cancer have improved. But tragically, every day nine more Australian women die. Because of ovarian cancer, that tally rises to twelve women per day.

 The rates of survival for ovarian cancer have barely shifted in recent years.

Which is why we’re going further in 2024 and inviting our participants to run or walk in support of ovarian cancer research, in addition to breast cancer research.

We want to accelerate progress towards the day where every woman diagnosed with either breast or ovarian cancer will be given the assurance that they can survive.

How to Fundraise

Make a difference by raising vital funds for life-saving cancer research

When you register for the Mother’s Day Classic, you will receive a fundraising page to help you collect donations online. When you finish the registration process, you’ll be prompted to visit your page and you can click ‘invite a friend’ to get started. From there, you can input their email address and hit send!

The best way to get donations is by sharing your page on Facebook! Let your family and friends know why you’re raising funds for the Mother’s Day Classic and how they can support you. When you log in to your dashboard, you can click ‘Share on Facebook’ at the top of the page.

Dollar matching

If you are fundraising with a work team, ask your employer to dollar match so that you can make an even bigger impact! 

If you are dollar matching, we’d love to give you a shout out. Complete the form here

Host a fundraising event
You may also like to host an in-person or virtual fundraising event with your team. Here are some ideas to get you thinking...

  • Bake sale
  • Morning tea
  • Pink Day
  • Games night
  • Zoom trivia
  • Fitness challenges
  • Training walks

Before getting started, please request an authority to fundraise letter here.

In doing this, you’ll be informing MDC of your activity and we’ll be able to provide an authority to fundraise letter to help your participants understand how their donations are making an impact.

Fundraising Classic Champions & Legends

Our Classic Champions and Legends are fundraisers who have raised over $25K and $100k respectively for the Mother’s Day Classic over the years. We thank them for their amazing contribution.

NB: Unfortunately, we don’t have records for the years before 2008, however we would like to offer the opportunity for long-time fundraisers to email us to tell us if they have raised more than $25,000 over time and in which case they may also be included in the club. Please email: