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Community comes together virtually to walk and run all over breast cancer

COVID-19 restrictions couldn’t stop hundreds of Tasmanians from participating in this year’s Mother’s Day Classic, despite the lack of a physical event on the Hobart Domain.

The Hobart Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run event manager Nikki Long said there was no physical even this year due to the ban on mass gatherings.

“It was really hard to think how we would move forward with having a well-known event without having it in a physical format like we have in the past,” she said.

“We decided to move it to a virtual format, so people all over Tasmania and Australia could still take part by running or walking four or eight kilometres and raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.”

Ms Long said bringing the community together on Mother’s Day to celebrate the lives of those touched by breast cancer and raising vital funds for breast cancer research while keeping people active and connected was at the heart of the Mother’s Day Classic and they could still be achieved in a virtual sense.

“People could complete the run anytime from the start of May up until Mother’s Day and even after,” she said.

“People could take part wherever they liked – at home in their backyard or in the local park, as long as they were abiding to the social distancing rules.

“People then logged their kilometres in private or in our online community.

“Feedback from the day was really positive, people loved that it turned into a day where people all over Australia could take part in one big virtual event.”

Ms Long said the virtual event was something they could continue with in future years to work in tandem with the physical event.

“This is something that will add to our event moving forward and open it up to a much bigger population than we’ve ever been able to achieve before,” she said.

“The Mother’s Day Classic is one of the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s biggest fundraising event, so it was very important that we continued with the event to raise money for breast cancer research.”

The Mother’s Day Classic has been bringing the community together on Mother’s Day for 23 years and in that time raised more than $37 million for breast cancer research.

“The Mother’s Day Classic has always been more than the sum of its parts, it is more than fun run and walk, it is more than a highly successful fundraiser, it is a community celebration that allows people to be part of something bigger than themselves and to know that, however they have been touched by breast cancer they are not alone,” Mother’s Day Classic Foundation chief executive officer Zara Lawless said.

Fundraising will remain open until 30 June this year.

For more information or to donate, visit mothersdayclassic.com.au.