Classic show of support

The big field prepares to take off in the inaugural Stawell Mother's Day Classic.

The big field prepares to take off in the inaugural Stawell Mother's Day Classic.

STAWELL and district residents have made a significant contribution to the overall amount raised by this year's Women in Super Mother's Day Classic.

Overall, the classic raised $4.5 million for breast cancer research and Stawell, hosting its first ever Mother's Day Classic, contributed $13,105.47 to the total.

In 2014 alone, there were 130,000 Australians who took part in the iconic event across a record 98 locations, including 88 regional towns and every capital city. Stawell was one of 35 towns to host the event for the first time this year.

The event has taken place on Mother's Day every year for the past 17 years, with participants walking or running to raise awareness, funds and honour those who have faced the disease.

In Stawell it was a sense of community and shared motivation that ensured the event was a fun and meaningful way to spend a Sunday morning.

There were 429 registered walkers, runners and strollers who set off for the Ironbarks from North Park courtesy of the Swifts Football and Netball Club and Stawell Amateur Athletic Club.

Organisers were overwhelmed by the number of people that turned out to support the event.

Merrilyne Middleton and Pam Byron wanted to pass on their congratulations to everyone in Stawell that made the inaugural Mother's Day Classic a success.

"Congratulations to everyone in Stawell who walked, ran, fundraised, cheered or volunteered. This result is thanks to you all," Mrs Middleton and Mrs Byron said.

The funds raised in 2014 will continue to have a real impact on survival statistics and help answer research questions for not only breast cancer, but a range of cancers.

While cancer continues to touch the lives of so many Australians the effort and enthusiasm must continue for years to come.

It is hoped there will be many more participants that take part in the second annual Mother's Day Classic in Stawell next year on May 10.

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