Breast cancer fun run a success
Monday, 28th May, 2012
Over 120 people braved the cold early yesterday morning to take part in the Breast Cancer Support Group fun run.
The local group has around 20 members and offers social support as well as financial assistance to people with breast cancer and their families.
The event was held at Sturt Park where participants ran or walked either one, three or five kilometres.
A spokesperson for the group, Mary Barrie, said that the event was a huge success with at least $5000 raised.
“We haven’t got all of the sponsorship money yet but so far it’s $5082,” Ms Barrie said.
“We’re extremely happy with the amount of people who turned up and we’re just gobsmacked at the amount we’ve raised.
“Weather wise it wasn’t very nice at 7.30am with drizzling rain so we weren’t sure how it would go at first.”
Ms Barrie said that this was the first time the group had held a fun run, but following its success, it would be held again.
“If not every year then every two years,” she said.
The aim of the fun run was to raise money to enable the group to “stay local”.
Ms Barrie said that a range of people turned up to support the cause.
“The youngest was two, there were two of them and there was an 81-year-old woman who walked the 5km,” she said.
“We have to put the good turnout down to the women in our group that have good support networks.
“We got the word out there...everybody knows somebody who has had (breast cancer) or been touched by it.”
The group meets for a chat on the fourth Thursday of every month at the back of the Lifeline building and anyone is welcome to attend.