Clas­sic reaches 10-year mile­stone

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Mother's Day - BY LOTTE REITER

Mother’s Day Clas­sic com­mit­tee mem­bers are en­cour­ag­ing Wim­mera peo­ple to tie up their shoelaces and join them at an­nual breast cancer fundrais­ing events.

Par­tic­i­pants at Hor­sham and Stawell will run – or walk – des­ig­nated cour­ses on Sun­day, May 12, to raise money for Na­tional Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion.

As the Hor­sham event reaches a 10year mile­stone, or­gan­iser Jackie Ex­ell said it was as im­por­tant now as ever for peo­ple to get be­hind the cause.

“Statis­tics show one in eight women are af­fected by breast cancer in their life­time,” she said.

“So, we are try­ing to do our part to make a dif­fer­ence in the gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Fel­low com­mit­tee mem­ber and breast-cancer sur­vivor Ja­nine English said mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for the fu­ture would al­ways be a num­ber-one fo­cus.

“We want to move to­wards elim­i­nat­ing cancer,” she said.

“It so com­mon. A lot of peo­ple aren’t as lucky as I was. This event means that hope­fully we can help save some­one else from what I’ve gone through.

“The more peo­ple we have come along means more money will be raised for breast-cancer re­search.”

The Hor­sham event sets off at 8.15am from Sawyer Park sound­shell and in­cludes a four-kilo­me­tre walk and eight-kilo­me­tre run.

The com­mit­tee has again chal­lenged the re­gion’s busi­nesses to show their sup­port by vy­ing for the MIXX FM Work­place War­riors shield.

The busi­ness with the most regis­tra­tions will not only get its name on the shield, it will win an ad­ver­tis­ing pack­age with The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser and radio sta­tions MIXX FM and 3WM.

Stawell’s sixth year

Stawell will en­ter its sixth year par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event and or­gan­iser Kerry Wil­son said she was ea­ger to spread the word for a cause that hit home for a ‘shock­ing’ num­ber of peo­ple.

“It is an is­sue close to many peo­ple in our com­mu­nity,” she said.

“I ac­tu­ally think I am one of the rare ones who is not af­fected in some way.

“We are al­most at the point where peo­ple go, ‘oh, an­other per­son’ – it is just so com­mon.

“Be­cause of this you would think we would be able to get on top of it and progress with re­search, but it isn’t al­ways so.

“Stawell event num­bers have de­clined over the years – the first event was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic – but like with other events, par­tic­i­pa­tion can tend to dwin­dle a lit­tle.

“So we are just try­ing to get the mes­sage out to dif­fer­ent groups and en­cour­age peo­ple to join in.”

Stawell’s event will cen­tre on North Park and in­cludes a four-kilo­me­tre and 400-me­tre lim­ited mo­bil­ity walk, and a four-kilo­me­tre and eight-kilo­me­tre run.

Ms Wil­son said Stawell would also host its sec­ond ‘Even­tide Clas­sic’, de­signed for Even­tide Homes res­i­dents and their fam­ily and friends.

“The Even­tide Clas­sic al­lows res­i­dents who can’t get out on Mother’s Day to par­tic­i­pate with a small walk around the grounds and a bar­be­cue,” she said.

“It was re­ally nice last year so we are do­ing it again. And we al­ways en­cour­age peo­ple to wear pink – there are prizes for best dressed on the day.

“We al­ways have a cou­ple where the male part­ner ends up wear­ing pink leg­gings or stock­ings.

“A lot of peo­ple look for­ward to what ‘he’ shows up in, and it is great to see all the pink go­ing through the iron­bark in North Park.

“It is a nice event to get to­gether with oth­ers on Mother’s Day, and a way of rememberin­g women in our lives as well.”

Peo­ple can col­lect a form from Stawell Li­brary or regis­ter on the day.

Ms Wil­son said va­cant shop 108 in Main Street would also have volunteers ready to take regis­tra­tions on May 10 and 11.

Regis­tra­tions for both Hor­sham and Stawell events are open on­line at www.moth­ers­day­clas­sic.com.au/ regis­ter.

Eden­hope will also host an event.

PRETTY IN PINK: From left, Ja­nine English, Roady Mckinnon, Les­ley Schuller and Jackie Ex­ell pre­pare for Hor­sham’s 10th an­nual Mother’s Day Clas­sic on Sun­day, set­ting off from Sawyer Park sound­shell at 8.15am. Pic­ture: LOTTE REITER

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