My fundraising campaign for the 2013 Mother's Day Classic has now finished.
On Sunday morning 12 May 2013 more than 130,000 Australians, in a record 74 locations, came together to walk or run for breast cancer research and to show their respect for those affected by breast cancer, contributing to the lasting impact the Women in Super Mother's Day Classic has had on breast cancer research in Australia.
In memory of my sister, Mary (pictured, right with her son, Ned and daughter, Lola), who died of breast cancer last year, I set out to raise $10,000 and finished up, thanks to 131 donors, raising $7,330, which ranked me the 6th largest fundraiser out of 35,547 Melbourne participants and 16th largest fundraiser nationally.
Fundraising is expected to total well in excess of $4 million, on top of the $14.8 million raised in previous years. This has made Mother's Day Classic the biggest single donor to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), supporting research projects into detection, prevention, treatment and ultimately finding a cure.
The facts about breast cancer are:
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia.
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
By 2020, 17,210 women are projected to be diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Australia. This is an average of 47 women every day.
On average, seven women die from breast cancer every day in Australia.
I was thrilled to be one of the 14 people nationally selected as a MDC Community Ambassador to help raise awareness of the Mother's Day Classic and how the fundraising effort helps prevent more Australian women from dying of breast cancer.
As part of my fundraising I had 16 books to give away and by now all of the winners (Margaret Harris, Sue Heather, Ben Jones, Ian Hamilton, Clive Murden, Jeanette Hockney, Sharon Vandermeer, Teri Moxham, Ross Butler, Ross Buckley, Matthew Sampson, Janie Thomas, Jacquie Molloy, Tom Stockdale, Brian Barry, Glenn Crawford and Nicki Kite) should be in possession of their respective prizes.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Mother's Day Classic, either by donating to my campaign, donating to someone else's MDC campaign or by participating in the MDC themselves.
You have all made an important contribution towards to the National Breast Cancer Foundation's BIG, long term aspirational goal 'zero death caused by breast cancer by 2030'.
I hope you will support my MDC fundraising next year.