An enormous thank you to all those involved in this year's Mother's Day Classic. The organisers, Women in Super have announced a record $4 million was raised this year alone. This brings the Mother's Day Classic's total contribution to breast cancer research to $14.8 million in 15 years - an astounding effort.
The 2012 Women in Super's Mother's Day Classic took place on Sunday, May 13th. At a total of 53 locations across Australia, 125,000 women, men and children joined together to show their support for those affected by breast cancer and to help raise funds for research. Founded 15 years ago by Mavis Robertson & Louise Davidson, the event has grown from 2000 participants in Melbourne to now the largest national charity fun run in Australia. Louise Davidson, co-founder & National Chair of the Mother's Day Classic, said " This year's fundraising success builds on more than $3 million raised at last year's event. I am absolutely delighted that we could raise such a substantial sum for the life-saving work undertaken by the NBCF. Cancer touches the lives of so many Australians, so it's no surprise that the generous community support continues to rise each and every year."
National Breast Cancer Foundation CEO, Carole Renouf, said that that "The Women in Super Mother's Day Classic continues to be a real game-changer in terms of funding for breast cancer research. In this case, size really does matter! Research is not cheap, but it costs much less than breast cancer does. The money raised by Mother's Day Classic since 1998 is the equivalent of funding three $5m Collaborative Grants, bringing researchers together nationally and internationally to pool their expertise; or of 75 $200,000 Novel Concept Grants, seed funding for innovative approaches to breast cancer treatment, prevention and cure. That represents a massive acceleration of the research effort, thanks to Women in Super".
Our gratitude goes to all those involved in making this event such a huge success - Women in Super, participants, volunteers & sponsors - your energy & passion is an inspiration. Thank you for your dedication to breast cancer research.