Can you think of a better way of celebrating Mother’s Day than getting up at the crack of dawn on a chilly morn and running 8km? Or maybe walking a leisurely 4km?
Well, several hundred South Burnett residents thought it was a top way to start the day when they turned out at Memorial Park in Kingaroy on Sunday morning for the annual Mother’s Day Classic fun run.
The Kingaroy event, organised by the Go Getta Girls running club, was one of a series of Mother’s Day Classic events staged around Australia on Mother’s Day to help raise funds for breast cancer research.
And raise funds they did … although the final figures for online donations aren’t yet in, Go Getta Girls treasurer Donna Clark estimates between $6500 and $7000 was raised.
There were two events that participants could take part in: an 8km run or a 4km run / walk.
As well as paying an entry free, many also signed up sponsors to help them raise more cash donations.
Neither event was a competition, which is probably why many runners were sporting pink tutus and wigs as they hammed it up at the starting line.
It was all fun and games, but there was also a serious side to the morning.
McGrath Foundation South Burnett Breast Care Nurse Roslyn Melmeth reminded everyone there was a serious side to the event and the money that it raised.
“It is because of research and improved methods that many women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer are here today,” she said.
She said that since it began more than 15 years ago, theMother’s Day Classic has raised $14.8 million for breast cancer research across Australia.