04 May 2017

Breast cancer: You can help me eradicate this devastating disease


The Mother's Day Classic (MDC) walk or run for breast cancer research was established in 1998 - it started from modest beginnings as a walk in the park and has grown into a major national community event.

From the inaugural events in Melbourne and Sydney which attracted approximately 3,200 people, the event has now become an integral part of Mother's Day morning for more than 135,000 Australians who enjoy getting up early to walk or run and raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

In 2016, more than 107,000 Australians who took part in the event raised $3 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). This takes the total raised since 1998 to $30.4 million.

Sunday 14 May is Mother's Day this year and my family will again be participating in the Mother's Day Classic to remember my sister, Mary and do something positive to prevent what happened to her from happening to others.

On 18 January, 2012 my sister, Mary, passed away after fighting breast cancer for nearly four years. She was one month past her 44th birthday. Her husband, Sam, her son Ned (then 5) and her daughter Lola (then 3) were left devastated, as were all of us who loved Mary, whether as a sister, daughter, cousin, niece, friend or colleague.

In 2016, thanks to 72 donors I raised $7,025. So far, my five annual MDC fundraising campaigns have netted $33,850 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 five campaigns.

In 2017 I continue my role as a Community Champion for MDC inspired by the MBCF goal of zero breast cancer deaths by 2030.

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.

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 visit my MDC fundraising page and click on the green GIVE NOW button in the middle of the screen.


Once again, 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.

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