Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Ali­cia Per­era

A sea of bright pink flooded the Kar­ratha Quar­ter Tem­po­rary Event Space on Sun­day morn­ing as hun­dreds of peo­ple turned out to do their bit in the fight against breast can­cer at the Kar­ratha Mother’s Day Clas­sic.

A crowd of about 450 peo­ple of all ages took part in the pop­u­lar Mother’s Day char­ity fun run and walk, which was based in the city cen­tre for the first time af­ter a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing un­der the LandCorp and City of Kar­ratha City Cen­tre Ac­ti­va­tion Grant scheme.

The event raises money and aware­ness for breast can­cer re­search, with all funds go­ing to the Na­tional Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion. Event or­gan­iser Tahlia Fer­gu­son said apart from early par­tic­i­pant con­fu­sion with the track, which led to peo­ple run­ning a “unique course” through the CBD, the event had gone smoothly.

She said she was pleased with the large turnout, which showed how much of a beloved event the Mother’s Day Clas­sic was on the Kar­ratha so­cial cal­en­dar.

“I think al­most ev­ery­body knows some­one or has some­one in their fam­ily who’s had breast can­cer, so it’s a very per­sonal cause for a lot of peo­ple,” she said.

“I think the other rea­son it’s such a big com­mu­nity event is be­cause of the ef­fort Richard (Naulls) and Ray White put in.

“They re­ally ad­ver­tise and they re­ally push to get peo­ple along.

“But also, it’s a low-key, fun, ca­sual event for ev­ery­one.”

The morn­ing also fea­tured Life and Soul gym staff lead­ing the crowd in a warm-up, an ap­pear­ance by GWN7 mas­cot Doopa Dog and a re­lease of white doves in trib­ute to those women and men bat­tling breast can­cer.

Ray White Kar­ratha man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and Mother’s Day Clas­sic reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant Richard Naulls was once again the best dressed on the day, up­ping the ante on his pink morph suit from last year by adding a tutu and fairy wings.

More than $10,000 had been raised from regis­tra­tions and do­na­tions at the time of print, with more to come.

Wick­ham held its own Mother’s Day Clas­sic for the first time this year, or­gan­ised by Wick­ham Re­cre­ation Precinct staff, while Pan­na­won­ica also hosted a run on Satur­day morn­ing.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Hun­dreds packed the Kar­ratha Quar­ter Tem­po­rary Event Space last Sun­day morn­ing to take part in the Kar­ratha Mother's Day Clas­sic.

Back: Shan­non McPhar­lin, Jade Ped­lar and Donna McCrys­tal. Front: Kirsty Nar­dini, Kee­ley McCrys­tal, 9, and Amanda Gilpin.

Ti­ahna Humphries and Shenae Mur­phy.

Car­rie McDow­ell and Brigette McDow­ell.

St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer am­bu­lance of­fi­cer Mi­randa Bow­man helps an ex­hausted Doopa Dog af­ter the Mother's Day Clas­sic warm-up.

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