A run for mum, a walk for awareness

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A run for mum, a walk for awareness

The Mother’s Day Classic has raised $27.4 million and funded 30 research projects to improve the wellbeing of those affected by breast cancer

‘Mother’s Day’, may sound very generic…. well it is anything but that. No matter which part of the world you come from, what your religion, belief or nationality, you may call her Amma, Ma, Aayi, Madre, Anya, Daya, or Meme… but the feelings, emotions and bond are universal. Becoming a mother is a life-changing experience for a woman.

The concept of Mother’s day began in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She wanted to honour a mother’s all-important and selfless role in her family. This soon became tradition and over 40 countries celebrate the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Today St Andrew’s Methodist Church holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in a many different ways by people based on their own experiences — while some of these have a celebratory tone, others are memorials. Whatever it is, this is a time to reflect and show gratitude to the women and mothers who have been mentors and caregivers, people who have been a beacon of hope for many.

In Australia, every year since 1998 on Mother’s Day, people from all walks of life, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts and children of all ages having been taking part in the Mother’s Day Classic walk or run to raise funds for breast cancer research. Something that began as a walk in the park soon grew into a major national community event. The initiative was started by Mavis Robertson, Former National Chair of Women in Super and Louise Davidson, National Chair, Mother’s Day Classic based on an idea that Mavis Robertson had brought home with her from a trip overseas.

The Mother’s Day Classic initially began in the cities of Sydney and Melbourne where it ran for the first six years, but soon other capital cities joined in making it a national event. So far the Mother’s Day Classic has raised $27.4 million and funded over 30 research projects to improve the health and wellbeing of those affected by breast cancer. The National Breast Cancer Foundation who is working towards the target of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030 is the proud beneficiary of all the funds raised through Mother’s Day Classic. This year an estimated 130,000 Australians participated from more than 100 locations across Australia, all the way from the remote towns to capital cities. Through this mammoth effort the Mother’s Day Classic is hoping to raise another $4 million for the cause.

The Indian mothers across Sydney also celebrated Mother’s Day in their own special way. While some mothers took part in the Mother’s Day Classic, some others got together to ensure that the mothers living on the streets had a good meal, received Mother’s Day gifts and were made to feel extra special. However, you celebrated it, hope all mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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