Mother’s Day Classic success

Mother’s Day Classic success

More than 100 people put their best foot forward for ovarian and breast cancer research on Sunday for the 11th Mount Gambier Mother’s Day Classic.


Over 120 returning and new participants took to the footpath around the Blue Lake coinciding with events across the nation.


The local iteration of the event raised over $3000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation for the inaugural time.


Over the past 26 years, the Mother’s Day Classic community has donated $44m to fund life-saving breast cancer research.


Mount Gambier Mother’s Day Classic ambassador and volunteer Megan Medhurst said the event was a runaway success with more participants than last year.


“There was good support and it was lovely to see some new people as well as our regulars,” she said.


“It was good weather for it so that was perfect.


“Most people know somebody that has been through something and 12 women pass away each day from either breast or ovarian cancer.”


Mount Gambier Breast Cancer Awareness Group member Loraine Baron spoke on her journey with breast cancer after being diagnosed around two months ago.


Mrs Medhurst said Mrs Baron’s story encouraged eligible women to keep up to date with their mammograms as it was only detectable through the routine check.


Women over 40 can have a free mammogram every two years through BreastScreen SA who actively invite women aged 50 to 74 to screen.


Mrs Medhurst encouraged people to sign up to volunteer for next year’s event and to continue to show their support.


“It is never too early to get into it, get in touch and just support the cause each year, that’s important,” she said.


“It would be nice one day if we do not have to do it but until that comes we better keep going.”


There was also a raffle on the day supported by generous local sponsors.


Anyone wanting to volunteer can message the Mother’s Day Classic – Mount Gambier, SA Facebook Page or contact Mother’s Day Classic by visiting www.mothersdayclassic.com.au

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