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    WELCOME BACK: From left, Lesley Schuller, Janine English and Jackie Exell are excited about the return of the Mother’s Day Classic in Horsham. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Mother’s Day events return

By Michael Scalzo

Annual Mother’s Day celebrations in the Wimmera will return on Sunday, with a traditional breast cancer money-raising fun-run headlining events. 

The 25th anniversary of the Mother’s Day Classic will attract people to Horsham and Stawell, as teams or  individuals, to raise money for breast cancer research through a fun-run and walk. 

Proceeds from events across the country will go to National Breast Cancer Foundation to support breast cancer research.

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Horsham classic event director Jackie Exell said she was pleased to be able to welcome people back to a full-scale Mother’s Day Classic in Horsham. 

“Last year we had a condensed version of the event with walkers and runners heading off in separate waves to trim the numbers down,” she said.

“It was quite an empty soundshell last year, so it is great to get things back to normal this year.

“With luck, we are looking for record numbers and hopefully everyone is keen to get out and about this year after the past few years.”

Ms Exell encouraged people to dress in pink and get involved with the classic.

“Raising money for the foundation is a really important part of trying to make sure no one has to suffer from this disease in the years ahead,” she said.

Mother’s Day Classic chief executive Zara Lawless said classic communities should be proud of the event’s important milestone. 

“The classic has grown quite literally from a walk in the park to an iconic event on the Australian calendar,” she said. 

“Since it all began in 1998, the Mother’s Day Classic Foundation has donated nearly $40-million to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund life-saving breast cancer research.” 

Horsham and Stawell events join Mother’s Day Classics across Australia’s major cities and participants will receive a commemorative 25th anniversary medallion after they cross the finish line.

Mother’s Day Classic Foundation shares the foundation’s goal of zero breast-cancer deaths by 2030.  

Classic registrations close on Friday at 11.59pm, with Horsham and Stawell walks starting at 9am on Sunday.

People wanting more information, including fun-run maps and registration, can visit Horsham or Stawell Mother’s Day Classic social media pages.

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