HOBART Domain was a sea of pink on Mother’s Day when family, friends and corporate teams gathered to participate in the 2016 Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run and Walk.
With the aim to raise more the $4 million across the country, the event featured the option of a four-kilometre or eight-kilometre run or walk to support breast cancer research and to remember those who lost their battle with the disease.
Volunteering their time to act as MCs of the event was WIN News reporter Lucy Breaden, alderman Anna Reynolds, CEO Tasmania managing director Polly Venning and Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer.
“Breast cancer is a terrible disease which affects both women and men,” said Ms Archer, who has been volunteering at the event for a number of years.
“One hundred per cent of funds raised by event participants goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, so I am always happy to volunteer my time to assist with this event.
Ms Archer congratulated event organisers Women in Super and all event participants, including sponsors and volunteers.
Mother’s Day Classic chief executive officer Sharon Morris said each year the event brought Australia closer to finding a cure for breast cancer.
“Families and friends who participate each year are really making a difference to those impacted by breast cancer,” she said.
“It is a fun, exhilarating and often moving day and people of all ages take part no matter how fit they are – whether they are seriously running or walking around in colourful costumes.”
By 2020, it is predicted that 17,210 women will be diagnosed each year with breast cancer in Australia – that is 47 women on average every day.
It is also estimated around 140 Australian men will also be diagnosed each year.
“Support for the Mother’s Day Classic will help the National Breast Cancer Foundation reach its ambitious goal of no breast cancer deaths by 2030,” Ms Morris said.
Caption: Young Ruby Flynn, pictured far right, shaved off her locks to raise more than $10,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.