The inaugural Benalla Mother's Day Classic will be held at Lake Benalla next month.MONIQUE FREER May 1, 2014 3:39am
Caitlin Parker, Hayley Brandellero, Sammy-Jo Spencer, Quent Wain and Mel Levy are excited about the inaugural Benalla MotherÃs Day Classic next month.
For Sammy-Jo Spencer the Mother’s Day Classic is personal.
Ms Spencer’s mother died of breast cancer in 2005 after a 12-year battle with the disease.
Nine years later, the 23-year-old is bringing the fun run and walk event to Benalla next month to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
‘‘I was about 15 when she died and I had been doing a few fun runs myself, and Benalla doesn’t really have that many and I thought, ‘You know what? This would be a good thing to do’,’’ Ms Spencer said.
Ms Spencer was born and bred in Benalla but relocated to Melbourne four years ago.
She said since moving she had noticed a difference in the awareness of breast cancer compared to regional areas.
‘‘There is less awareness than in metropolitan areas .
‘‘Back in the time there was no-one really there to support it when Mum was around.’’
This year’s event is the first Mother’s Day Classic to be held in Benalla, and Ms Spencer said the aim was more to raise awareness than funds.
‘‘Awareness is the ultimate goal .
‘‘It is such a big illness and there’s so many people in Benalla that it’s still affecting. I don’t like watching people go through it.’’
Participants are encouraged to complete a tribute card to wear on the day in memory of a loved one, or with words of encouragement for someone undergoing treatment.
‘‘I’ve done the one in Melbourne for a few years now, and running around and seeing men pushing prams with one or two children .
The Benalla Mother’s Day Classic will be held at Lake Benalla and will involve a 5
The course is flat and wide enough for prams, and competitors will be under the supervision of marshalls.
Ms Spencer will also be holding fundraising barbecues at Woolworths Benalla on May 3, 4 and 9.
For more information phone Sammy-Jo Spencer on 0417
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