Each year, for the past few years, my family and I have participated in the annual Mother's Day Classic.
In 2013, a record 130,000 people across Australia ran or walked in a Mother's Day Classic event in eleven cities and 63 regional locations. Participants and fundraisers raised $5 million for National Breast Cancer Foundation research programs - the highest amount of funds in the event's sixteen year history.
Since 1998, the Mother's Day Classic has raised $19.8 million for National Breast Cancer Foundation research programs.
Participation in the city events ranges from 1400 in Darwin to 44,000 in Melbourne. Regional events range from 65 people to 3,000 people.
Sunday 11 May is Mother's Day and my family will again be participating in the Mother's Day Classic. Since 2012 the event has taken on a very different dynamic for us. As many of you know, my sister, Mary, passed away early that year after fighting breast cancer for nearly four years.
Mary with daughter, Lola
Torquay, Victoria, Jan 2011
Mary's husband Sam and her son Ned (8 earlier this week) and daughter Lola (6) have now experienced life without their wife and mother for over two years now. It's been a very tough period of adjustment for them, as it has been for myself, my sisters, my mum and dad and all of Mary's many friends.
In 2013 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. In 2012 I received 115 individual donations, raising a total of $4,280
In 2014 I am honoured to be among a small group of people invited by the MDC organisers to be a Community Champion for MDC 2014.
My aim in the next 5 weeks is to raise $10,000 for breast cancer research, as part of my participation in MDC 2014.
Here's where you, my readers, come in.
I willingly provide InSight each week to you for free. If you have gained at least five dollars worth of value in reading InSight or my blog, I would invite you to please demonstrate your appreciation by donating $5 to the campaign to beat breast cancer. Yes, only five dollars.
For less than the price of a coffee and a muffin, you can make a difference to winning the breast cancer battle.
Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a tax invoice for your donation which can be made with Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Thank you for supporting breast cancer research and making a contribution towards preventing this devastating disease which one in nine Australian women have to confront at some stage in their lives.