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Mother’s Day Classic set to turn Stockton pink


Organisers are expecting a sea of pink to flood Stockton next month as the town becomes home to Australia’s largest fun run and walk for breast cancer research – the Mother’s Day Classic. 

The annual event, hosted at more than 70 locations nationwide, offers a chance for participants to celebrate, honour and raise vital funds for those impacted by breast cancer. 

Traditionally on Mother’s Day, the 5km journey sees participants dress in pink and walk, run, jog, pram push, chat, cheer, and laugh their way along a designated course. 

Tickets are on sale now for the 2023 Mother’s Day Classic event.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday 14 May from 8am at Griffith Park in Stockton. 

Participants are encouraged to sign up for the event that has attracted 1.5 million participants across Australia since its inception in 1998. 

More than $41.45 million has been raised nationwide for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) since the inaugural event drew 3,000 people to its Melbourne and Sydney venues. 

The funds go toward breast cancer research which NBCF representatives say has driven improvements in prevention, early detection, treatment and care. 

Organisers are hoping the Stockton “Classic” attracts record numbers to what has become an increasingly popular event. 

Mother’s Day Classic returns 2023

“We are excited to announce that in 2023, the 26th year of the Mother’s Day Classic, there will be 73 locations in major cities, metro areas and regional towns for Australians to unite nationally in support of breast cancer research,” Mother’s Day Classic CEO Zara Lawless said.  

“And, we’re thrilled to reveal there are almost 20 locations that are either joining the Mother’s Day Classic nationwide community for the first time, or rejoining us after taking a break through the disruption of the past few years. 

“By signing up for the Mother’s Day Classic you are joining a passionate, pink, and purpose-driven community united in the fight against breast cancer. 

“We cannot wait to see everyone suiting up, showing up and standing stronger together on Mother’s Day and as we bring communities back together across Australia.” 

Breast Cancer Fast Facts
* Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia
* 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
* Approximately 57 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer every day
* In the last 10 years, rates of breast cancer diagnoses have increased by 33%
* This year, it is expected that nine Australians will die from breast cancer each day.
-National Breast Cancer Foundation

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