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Each year, for the past few years, my family and I
have participated in the annual Mother’s Day Classic.


2013, a record 130,000 people across Australia ran or walked in a Mother’s
Day Classic event in eleven cities and 63 regional locations. Participants
and fundraisers raised $5 million for National Breast Cancer Foundation
research programs – the highest amount of funds in the event’s sixteen year


Since 1998, the
Mother’s Day Classic has raised $19.8 million   for National Breast Cancer
Foundation research programs.


Participation in
the city events ranges from 1400 in Darwin to 44,000 in Melbourne. Regional
events range from 65 people to 3,000 people.


Sunday 11 May is Mother’s Day and my family will
again be participating in the Mother’s Day Classic. Since 2012 the event has
taken on a very different dynamic for us. As many of you know, my sister, Mary, passed away early
that year after fighting breast cancer for nearly four years.




with daughter, Lola

Victoria, Jan 2011
Mary’s husband Sam and her son Ned (8 earlier this
week) and daughter Lola (6) have now experienced life without their wife and
mother for over two years now. It’s been a very tough period of adjustment
for them, as it has been for myself, my sisters, my
mum and dad and all of Mary’s many friends.


In 2013 I set out to raise $10,000
and finished up, thanks to 131
donors  ,  raising $7,330  ,
which ranked me the 6th largest
fundraiser out of 35,547 Melbourne participants and 16th largest fundraiser nationally. In 2012 I received 115   individual donations,
raising a total of $4,280  


In 2014 I am honoured to be among a
small group of people invited by the MDC organisers to be a Community
Champion   for MDC 2014.


My aim in the next 5 weeks is to raise $10,000  
for breast cancer research, as part of my participation in MDC 2014.


Here’s where you, my readers, come in.


I willingly provide InSight each week to you for
free. If you have gained at least five dollars worth of value in reading
InSight or my blog, I would invite you to please demonstrate
your appreciation by donating   $5 to the campaign to beat breast
cancer  . Yes, only five dollars.


For less than the price of a coffee and a muffin,
you can make a difference to winning the breast cancer battle.


Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a
tax invoice for your donation which can be made with Visa, Mastercard or
American Express.


To donate $5 please click on the DONATE NOW   link on
my fundraising page  .


Thank you for supporting breast cancer research and
making a contribution towards preventing this devastating disease which one
in nine Australian women   have to confront at some stage in their lives.

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