Mother's Day Classic supports breast cancer research

Published: Wednesday 13th May 2015

This is the seventh year that ACU Sydney has participated in the event and for the seventh consecutive year the ACU team took out the award for Largest Tertiary Team!

This year a number of our students volunteered to help out with the event and I would like to thank them all for their generous and selfless efforts.

The event was established in 1998 and is now a major national event, being held in 11 cities and 88 regional locations. The initiative was inspired by the knowledge that research is gradually improving the survival rate of one in nine women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85.

Narelle Fabien from Student Enrichment at Strathfield, has been participating in the event for a number of years and says that “the event has become somewhat of a tradition for Mother’s Day. I love being part of a great group of people and knowing that we are supporting such a worthwhile cause makes it that extra bit special”.

Many staff bring along their families, enjoying the festival atmosphere of the day and taking the opportunity to celebrate the life of survivors and enjoy a fun and healthy morning on Mother’s Day. Participants can chose to be involved in either a 4km walk or run, a 7km walk or an 8km run.

The proceeds raised from the event are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to help fund vital breast cancer research. The Foundation is a non-for-profit organisation and receives no government funding for these programs. Every dollar that you donate or fundraise goes directly to the NBCF. In 2014 the Mother’s Day Classic was able to donate $4.5 million to NBCF and this made a cumulative total of $24.3 million donated over the history of the event.

This is an important date in the Sydney campus fundraising calendar and I urge those of you who have yet to participate on the day to get prepared for next year’s event and join us in a healthy and fun day supporting a valuable foundation.


Professor Marea Nicholson

Associate Vice-Chancellor NSW/ACT0