The Mother’s Day Classic is returning to Toowoomba for the sixth year running on Sunday 13 May. Toowoomba locals will gather in Queen’s Park to remember and support loved ones affected by breast cancer, and to raise funds and awareness for the disease.
Mother’s Day Classic Social Media Manager Liz Neary described the event as a sea of pink. “People who come along really want to be here to help us out and be a part of a special event to help raise funds for breast cancer research,” she said. Liz was 30 when her mother lost her 12 year battle with breast cancer. Her mother underwent clinical trials and Liz described her as selfless throughout her treatment. “Research is what makes the difference. The money we raise that goes towards research impacts upon survival rates. For me to be able to contribute by raising money I feel like I’m continuing my mum’s legacy.”
Mother’s Day Classic CEO Sharon Morris said the event is not about breaking records, their focus is on participation. The Mother’s Day Classic holds more than 100 events nationwide on Mother’s Day, with more than 90 of these are in regional areas and are organised by volunteers like Liz Neary and the Mother’s Day Classic Toowoomba team.
In the past 21 years the Mother’s Day Classic has raised more than $33.2 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Toowoomba has played a large role in helping to reach that figure. They expect this year to be no different. “When you consider that only 10 per cent of research projects receive government funding, it just shows how important community fundraising events such as the Mother’s Day Classic are so important for those living in regional areas,” says Sharon.
The Mother’s Day Classic will be held in 100 locations from capital cities to remote towns, all around Australia.
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