STAWELL - Stawell will join with cities and country towns from across Australia when it hosts its first Mother's Day Classic in the form of a run, walk or stroll this Sunday.
The nationwide event has provided communities with a great way to celebrate Mother's Day and raise funds for breast cancer research.
The Stawell event will offer three distances, a 3.8 kilometre walk and four kilometre and eight kilometre run.
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.
Rachel Coverdale from the YMCA in Stawell will lead entrants through their warm up exercises and to add to the atmosphere, Snorkel's Orange Whip and The Horn Dogs band will provide musical entertainment.
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 Stawell State Emergency Service will be doing its bit on the day, blocking off roads and ensuring safe passage for the runners and walkers who take part.
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.
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.
There will be a final chance to register on the day between 8am and 9am.
Various entrant costs are 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.
For more information contact Merrilyne Middleton on 5358 1952 or Pam Byron on 5358 5464.