MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC: Colac joins breast cancer event

Mother’s Day Classic Colac participants, from left, Janice Johns, Raelene Johnson, Carolyn McVilly, Robyn Barrand, Felicity Johnson, Judy Harrowfield and Cindy Smith are getting ready for the four-kilometre walk this Sunday. The breast cancer fundraiser is at Elliminyt Recreation Reserve.

Mother’s Day Classic Colac participants, from left, Janice Johns, Raelene Johnson, Carolyn McVilly, Robyn Barrand, Felicity Johnson, Judy Harrowfield and Cindy Smith are getting ready for the four-kilometre walk this Sunday.

COLAC residents will walk laps of the Elliminyt Recreation Reserve this Sunday to celebrate women affected by breast cancer.

Colac’s breast cancer support group will host the city’s first Mother’s Day Classic on Sunday bringing the popular event closer to the region’s breast cancer survivors and people affected by the disease.

The Mother’s Day Classic is a four-kilometre walk that raises money for breast cancer research.

Event organiser and breast cancer survivor Pam Payne said the breast cancer support group had talked about organising an event in Colac “a few times” but this year they had “actually been able to get registered and underway”.

“This is the first one in Colac, they have them in Geelong, Ballarat and other places but this is the first time in Colac,” Pam said.

“We know a lot of people from Colac do go down to other places to do it and we thought it would be nice to have our own here and this year we finally got organised, after lots of talk,” she said.

“It’s at South Colac this year so we’ll just be doing laps of the oval this year and if it goes really well we’ll look at something opening up a road or something like that next time.

“So we’re just thinking small to start with and if it goes well we’ll look into something like the Botanic Gardens next year.”

Pam said that while the event would raise money for breast cancer research, they welcomed people affected by other cancers as well.

She said there would be a tribute wall at the event for people to leave messages for loved ones who had died from cancer and the event would start with a minute’s silence.

People can register as individuals or in teams before Sunday by visiting mothersdayclassic.com.au or there is an on-the-day registration available for last-minute entries.

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