More than 300 people turned out on a cool Sunday morning to take part in the sixth Mother’s Day Classic event in Sale.The Sale fundraiser was organised by local women Angela Jones and Rachael Bye, on behalf of local organisation the Footprints Foundation.
Mrs Jones said they were pleased with the turnout for the classic, which was up on last year.
“During a very quick count I got about 310 attending this morning,” she said.
“We were very happy with the turn-up and are pleased that we can contribute to Cancer Research through the running of our local event here in Sale.”
The Mother’s Day Classic run and walk raises money to fight breast cancer. During the past three years alone the Sale event has raised more than $30,000. The nation-wide classic remembers, celebrates and honours those touched by the disease. The Sale event offered a 4km walk and 4km and 8km runs, which began after an official welcome and a minute’s silence to remember lost loved ones.
Participants, many of them dressed in pink, made a great spectacle as they walked and ran around the Lake Guthrige environs, finishing in Sale Botanic Gardens. People who were not able to be present for the event registered as ‘Support us in Spirit’ participants.
Mother’s Day Classics were also held at Bairnsdale, Toongabbie and Traralgon.
The Footprints Foundation, run by local volunteers, offers free services to support local women undergoing breast cancer treatment and their families. Services include garden and lawn maintenance, house cleaning and cooking meals. The foundation makes a difference by offering support and providing help during difficult times.
For more information or to enquire about volunteer services, phone 1300 469 144.
More photos will appear in Friday’s Gippsland Times.