In 2024 we’re going further and supporting both breast and ovarian cancer research
Since 1998, the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic has united a nationwide community of participants starting their Mother’s Day with purpose by walking or running while raising vital funds for breast cancer research.
For the last 25 years the MDC community have been racing towards a day where no woman diagnosed with breast cancer is filled with dread and fear.
Through research we have made great progress towards that day - since the Mother’s Day Classic began the relative 5 year survival for those diagnosed with breast cancer has risen from 84% to 92% - but there’s still more to be done.
The 5 year survival rate for a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer is currently 49% and there is no early detection test.
Every day in Australia 9 women die from breast cancer. When you add ovarian cancer that number goes to 12 deaths every day. One death is too many.
In 2024, we are asking the community to come together to walk or run and accelerate progress towards a day where every woman diagnosed with either breast or ovarian cancer will be given the assurance that they can survive.
Mother's Day Classic 2024 – your support is up to you
Participants in the 2024 Mother's Day Classic event will be provided with the option of taking part
in support of and fundraising for breast cancer research, ovarian cancer research or both.
National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation funding world-class breast cancer research towards their vision of Zero Deaths from breast cancer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will funds raised through the MDC 2023 be used?
The donation of $2,550,000 from the 2023 Mother’s Day Classic will be provided to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund game-changing breast cancer research in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for breast cancer patients.
The option for our participants to support and fundraise for either breast cancer research, ovarian cancer research or both relates to the 2024 Mother’s Day Classic to be held on Sunday 12 May 2024.
How will funds raised through the MDC be used from 2024 onwards?
MDCF will partner with both the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation to fund game changing research that is focussed on saving women’s lives.
In 2024, the Mother’s Day Classic will continue to raise funds through community fundraising, online fundraising, donations, merchandise sales and registration fees.
Once event and administration costs have been deducted, proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) to fund life-changing research. MDCF will continue to endeavour to keep costs low, so as much as possible can be donated.
How will the MDC determine how much to donate to each cause?
Participants in the 2024 MDC event will be provided with the option of participating in support of and fundraising for breast cancer research, ovarian cancer research or both. The MDCF will determine the donation to be made to each of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation from the net proceeds of the 2024 MDC event in accordance with the selection of MDC event participants.
Will you still be funding research?
Yes, the Mother's Day Classic Foundation has always been and remains committed to funding life-saving research because research leaves a legacy.
Will participants still be encouraged to dress up in pink?
Yes, the Mother’s Day Classic is not changing, it is expanding its impact. On Mother’s Day we will continue to stand stronger together in a sea of pink in major cities, metro areas and regional towns across the nation. Pink is the colour of the MDC and represents the women, girls, mothers and families we celebrate and honour on Mother’s Day.
Everyone is encouraged to celebrate and honour those touched by breast and ovarian cancer in whatever way (or colour!) they choose.
Will the Mother’s Day Classic be supporting women’s causes other than breast and ovarian cancer?
We recognise that there are so many important causes impacting women across Australia. However, the MDCF’s focus is on reducing the impact of women’s cancers (in particular breast and ovarian cancer) by funding research through initiatives that champion and support women living healthier, longer lives.
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