This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic – the event that aims to celebrate and honour those affected by breast cancer and raise vital funds for research.
On Sunday 8 May 2022, thousands of Australians are expected to come together at 70 event locations nationwide to walk, run or jog for the cause on Mother’s Day.
Almost 1.5 million Australians have reportedly participated in the Mother’s Day Classic over the past 24 years, making it Australia’s largest fun run and walk for breast cancer research.
Zara Lawless, Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) CEO, says: “The MDC community should be very proud of this important milestone which marks 25 years of impact.
“The MDC has grown quite literally from a walk in the park to an iconic event in the Australian calendar.
“Since it all began in 1998, the Mother’s Day Classic Foundation has donated nearly $40 million to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to fund life-saving breast cancer research.”
After two challenging years, the MDC is ready to deliver a fun and inspiring event experience you won’t want to miss in 2022.
To keep participants and volunteers safe, MDC is implementing Covid-safe measures and will be guided by the vaccination requirements and health and safety guidelines as determined by each state’s governing authority.
This year, in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Darwin, Hobart, Geelong and Western Sydney participants will experience the true magic of traditional MDC events.
There will be the buzz of the event village, live entertainment, music, and food stalls to enjoy throughout the morning.
If you prefer staying local, there is an option to walk or run at one of the many local events that will be held across Australia on Mother’s Day.
Or, if you can’t join your community on Mother’s Day, you can personalise an event day to create your very own MDC experience by taking part on a different day or time.
Participants who register in any of the major cities or who choose to personalise their own day and time will all receive a race pack that includes a 25th-anniversary headscarf, race bib and tribute card, plus a commemorative medallion. There will be an online fundraising dashboard and fitness tracker for participants to use, and those who register before 7 March will receive personalised MDC bibs to wear on the event day.
Participants staying local will receive a commemorative medallion at the finish line, have access to downloadable race bibs and tribute cards, as well as access to the online fundraising dashboard and fitness tracker.
This year, the MDC and Sport Australia have announced that they have come together to launch a community program called ‘MDC Move’.
It can be tough to find the time and motivation to get moving – so this free program is available to all Australian’s to help shake things up and make you a ‘Mover’.
“The Mother’s Day Classic Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with Sport Australia to run a free, six-week communications campaign focused on increasing the physical activity of Australian women and girls preparing for the iconic Mother’s Day Classic,” says Ms Lawless.
So, this Mother’s Day, Move with MDC and join your community at one of the many locations around Australia, and support and honour those touched by breast cancer.
Get active for breast cancer research and register online for the 2022 Mother’s Day Classic at mothersdayclassic.com.au.
Proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for breast cancer research to improve outcomes for those affected by breast cancer.
The Mother’s Day Classic Foundation supports the NBCF’s goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.