Stawell gears up for first Mother's Day Classic

Stawell will join with cities and country towns across Australia next year when it hosts its first Mother's Day Classic in the form of a run, walk or stroll.

Stawell will become one of just 26 places nationwide to run the event that for more than 15 years has provided communities with a great way to celebrate Mother's Day and raise funds for breast cancer research.

Organisers Merrilyne Middleton and Pam Byron are extremely happy with early preparations and the spread of support which has come from several sectors of the community.

Andrew Kennedy of Grafx Inc has provided several large pink banners at a low cost that will be able to be used to promote the event not just next year but in years to come.

The Stawell Harness Racing Club made the purchase of the signs possible through its donation of $710.

Other major sponsors include Stawell Gold Mine, Northern Grampians Shire, Swifts Football Club, Stawell Amateur Athletic Club, members of Euroka Morning Star Freemasonry Stawell and Grand Lodge.

The Stawell State Emergency Service will also do its bit on the day by blocking off roads and ensuring safe passage for the runners and walkers who take part.

The Stawell event will offer three distances, a 3.8 kilometre walk and four kilometre and eight kilometre run. Online registrations are coming soon or you can register on the day.

For a gold coin donation there will also be a 400 metre course around the oval for those participants with limited mobility and/or using aids.

Participants will leave North Park via Ellen and White Streets crossing Newington Road, travel through the Ironbark Forest and return via Walker Street to North Park.

The course is a fairly flat walk with very picturesque sights including native wildlife. A barbecue will follow with tea, coffee, water and fruit to be made available.

The Mother's Day Classic has grown into one of Australia's largest national charity events and has become an integral part of Mother's Day.

The event was inspired by the knowledge that research is gradually improving the survival rate of the one in nine women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85.

All proceeds from the Mother's Day Classic are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a not for profit organisation that promotes and supports research into breast cancer prevention and treatment. Since 1998 the Mother's Day Classic has raised $19.8 million.

If you aren't keen on direct participation in the event people will be most welcome to go along and support those who do and join in the entertainment and activity taking place around the course.

Remember to fill in a tribute card to wear on the day in memory of a loved one or with words of encouragement to someone currently undergoing treatment.

Once online registrations open they'll be plenty of time for people to register with the cut off date on Wednesday May 7. There will also be a final chance to register on the day between 8am - 9am.

Various entrant costs will be offered: Adult - $20, Student/Health Card holder - $12, Child (16 years and under) - $10, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) - $50, Family (1 adult and up to 4 children) - $30.

There will be a raffle and prizes on the day for the first placed male/female, first placed boy/girl and best dressed family group.

You can choose to raise more funds by taking part in fundraising. After you've registered you will receive an email with your fundraising url.

For more information contact Merrilyne Middleton on 5358 1952 or email gmmiddleton536@gmail.com or Pam Byron on 5358 5464 or email pfbyron@hotmail.com

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