On Sunday, BreastScreen Victoria donned our running shoes to participate in the annual Mother’s Day Classic. Staff and members of the Consumer Network completed the course together around The Tan in Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens.
The event, now in its 25th year, raises money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund life-changing cancer research.
After several years of remote and local events, the large-scale Melbourne event was back and thousands braved the chilly weather for a great cause.
Some members of Team BreastScreen chose to complete one lap of the 4km circuit, while others tackled the 8km course. Three brave team members even chose to run!
Consumer Network Member Natalie said: “The atmosphere at the Mother’s Day Classic has been really good. They were just starting the survivors’ wave as I was walking back, and I just started crying when I saw people hugging. This is the 12th time I have done Mother’s Day Classic, and about the third time I have done it with BreastScreen. It felt great to run the full 8km for the first time today.
“My sister is going through her third bout of cancer, one of my friend’s mum’s breast cancer has just spread to her brain unfortunately, and I have aunties who have had breast cancer, so I’m doing this for a lot of people.”
It was a great event for all involved and wonderful to see so many people come together for an important cause.