Each year, for the past few years, my family and I have participated in the annual Mother's Day Classic (MDC).
In 2014, a record 130,000 people across Australia ran or walked in a Mother's Day Classic event in eleven cities and 88 regional locations. Participants and fundraisers raised $4.5 million for National Breast Cancer Foundation research programs, taking the total raised over 18 years to $24.3 million.
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.
Mary’s children, Lola and Ned,
skiing in Austria, March 2015
Sunday 10 May is Mother's Day this year 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's husband Sam and her son Ned (turned 9 earlier this month) and daughter Lola (7) have now experienced life without her for over three 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 2014 I set out to raise $10,000. Thanks to 102 donors I raised $8,705, which ranked me the 10th highest fundraiser out of 35,547 Melbourne participants and 19th highest fundraiser nationally. So far, my three MDC fundraising campaigns have netted $20,315 in donations. I would like to thank all of you who have made this achievement possible for me, through your support and contributions during the past three campaigns.
In 2015 I am honoured to be among a small group of people invited by the MDC organisers to be a Community Champion for MDC 2015.
My goal in the next 3 weeks is to raise $10,000 for breast cancer research, as part of my participation in this year's MDC.
Once again, this year, I am asking for your help.
I willingly provide InSight each week to you for free. If you have gained at least ten dollars worth of value in reading InSight or my blog, I ask you to demonstrate your appreciation by donating $10 to the campaign to beat breast cancer. Yes, only ten dollars.
Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a tax invoice for your donation which can be made with Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
To donate please click on the DONATE TO ME NOW link (pink button on the top right on my fundraising page).
Once again, I 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.