Moth­ers Day clas­sic for breast can­cer

Central and North Burnett Times - - MOTHER’S DAY - Tessa Map­stone Tessa.Map­stone@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

JE­NINE Hor­rocks is warm­ing up to or­gan­ise the Monto Mother’s Day Clas­sic run and walk but while she is a run­ner, she won’t be on the course her­self.

“I want to make sure it runs smoothly,” she said.

“Last year we an­tic­i­pated 75-100 peo­ple would take part but we had 169 peo­ple turn up.

“Some­one said to me ‘why didn’t you run’ and I said ‘I ran to the shops to get more food’.

“I ran the course last week, just to make sure it was all good, so I’ve al­ready done it.” Or­gan­is­ing the event, which is one of more than 100 to be held around the coun­try on Sun­day to raise aware­ness about breast can­cer and to raise funds for re­search into a cure, is a huge task but Ms Hor­rocks said it was worth the ef­fort.

“It’s nice to see the com­mu­nity come to­gether,” she said.

“It’s not all about the run­ning ei­ther.

“It’s re­ally there for breast can­cer aware­ness and to get peo­ple out.”

Run­ners and walk­ers will wear trib­ute cards with mes­sages in mem­ory or sup­port for can­cer suf­fer­ers.

Af­ter the race the cards will be placed onto a trib­ute wall at the hos­pi­tal.

“We have a minute’s si­lence be­fore the run to re­mem­ber those that we’ve lost and that the dis­ease has im­pacted,” Ms Hor­rocks said.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

FRONT-RUN­NER: Leilah Mitchell was in the lead from the get-go at last year’s Monto Mother’s Day Clas­sic event.

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