Mother’s Day Walk cracks 30 grand…and still counting
Hedland turned out pink and proud last Sunday, May 13, for the annual “Mother’s Day Walk for a Cure”.
The event saw more than 350 people of all ages set off from the Civic Centre mid afternoon, in the name of breast cancer research.
Many teams, fighting fit or in it for fun, decked themselves out in costumes for the six kilometre run or walk, or optional three kilometre route.
This Town of Port Hedland event has grown in size again since last year and increased numbers have improved the dollar tally too.
2012’s fundraiser has now hit $30, 000 and the figure will increase further as BHP Billiton Iron Ore contributes with its employee based matched giving.
Participant Monique Roberts was one of many people who, along with her family, joined in the fundraiser for the first time.
She entered with the “Fit Mums” group and had a ball.
“We had a great day and have decided that this is how will spend future Mother’s Days,” Monique said.
“And of course, being part of the Fit Mums group made it an awesome experience because they are a really energetic and enthusiastic bunch of women.”
Michelle Cheal was also part of this particular cohort and spoke of many successes with the event. “Lachlan Nethercote (seven years old) decided at the last minute to participate with his mum, where he raced out at the start and didn’t wait for her!” Michelle said.
“He ended up coming in third in the 3km distance, being the first child through the post, and for his efforts he won a camera sponsored by Harvey Norman.”
The Fit Mums team won the overall fundraising prize and Michelle summed up by saying, “The day was all for a good cause which has likely touched the lives of most families or friends these days.”
The Mother’s Day Classic has now been running for a decade across Australia and Port Hedland was one of 53 locations nationwide to participate.
In total 125, 000 people walked and ran for a breast cancer cure at this year’s events.