In the pink for giant fundraiser

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
The Life and Soul Gym team celebrate completing the Mother’s Day Classic.
Camera IconThe Life and Soul Gym team celebrate completing the Mother’s Day Classic. Credit: Danielle Raffaele/North West Telegraph

Clad in sequinned bras, bright leotards and fairy wings, Port Hedland residents gathered at the Civic Centre Gardens on Sunday for the Mother’s Day Classic fundraiser for national breast cancer research.

The event invited people to celebrate Mother’s Day while raising funds to fight the disease.

Mining town residents gathered at the picturesque Civic Centre for the 2021 event with a virtual fun-run or walk on offer for others around the country because of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

Mother's Day Classic teams dressed in their best for the fun run last Sunday at the Civic Centre Gardens
Camera IconMother's Day Classic teams dressed in their best for the fun run last Sunday at the Civic Centre Gardens Credit: Pictures: Danielle Raffaele

Since its inception, the Mother’s Day Classic has raised $37.95 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which funds lifesaving research.

One in seven women is said to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, with eight Australians dying every day from the disease.

Port Hedland’s event ambassador and cancer survivor Sarah Croft said participation in the day raised awareness of the importance of health check-ups.

“Nearly everyone’s touched in some way by cancer, whether that’s a family member or friend,” she said.

“I think checking yourself is really important.

ABOVE: Runners and walkers took part in the Mother’s Day Classic at the Civic Centre Gardens last Sunday.
Camera IconABOVE: Runners and walkers took part in the Mother’s Day Classic at the Civic Centre Gardens last Sunday. Credit: Danielle Raffaele/North West Telegraph

“I never did that and it was just a coincidence that I found a lump.

“I was one of the lucky ones. They got all my cancer so now I’m cancer-free, but some people have to go through chemo and radiation which is ongoing.”

Funds from the event will go towards fighting cancer.

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