On Sunday May 10, Team MONASH participated in the 2020 Mothers Day Classic - Virtual event.
Given the challenging times we are experiencing, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide a healthy distraction and a motivation to be part of something bigger than the individual.
In 2005, Monash University entered a team into the Mother's Day Classic for the first time. It may have looked a bit different this year, but the messages were just as important!
Thank you to each and every one of you who participated or donated. As a Monash community, we had the largest tertiary/higher education team in Australia with 70 participants. Members participated from their homes all across the state, including Bendigo, thanks to our Rural Health staff.
Together, we managed to raise a fantastic $4015 for life-saving breast cancer research.
This year, the walk/run was more than just a sporting event, it was about sharing stories and feeling a part of something bigger, generating that sense of belonging and deeper community, more important now than ever before.
Blue skies, some exercise and spending time with those we love most – even if that meant over FaceTime - also made for a great distraction from isolation.
Medical student and elite soccer player Jessica Au said she has “never been a fan of long distance running, but it [was] worth it for a good cause!”
“Women in Australia have a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, and that’s why detection and treatment are so important,” she said.
Jess set out with a target of $500, and has now hit $586 and counting, making her our biggest fundraiser for 2020!
Since 1998, the Mother’s Day Classic has raised over $37 million and funded 70 breast cancer research projects across Australia. Research has made a real impact over the last 22 years with survival rates increasing. But there is still more work to be done as eight women – our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends – are still losing their lives to breast cancer each day.
The Mother’s Day Classic raises funds through community and online fundraising, donations and registration fees. With 53 women still diagnosed every single day, we need your help now more than ever. Research is the only way that we can understand more about the cause and development of breast cancer.
Proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) who have funded over 534 research projects to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
If you have any questions, email us today!
Monash alumni and Monash Blues President Alex Carr has had plenty to do during lockdown!