Step up to Mother’s Day Classic

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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The annual Mother’s Day Classic is fast approaching and towns across the Pilbara are turning pink in preparation.

The Mother’s Day Classic is a national initiative and one of the most popular events in Port Hedland and Newman, where people can get involved to raise money for Breast Cancer research.

For the eighth year running, the Town of Port Hedland will offer a 4km walk and a 6km run held at the Civic Centre Gardens on Sunday, May 14.

Mayor Camilo Blanco said the Town was seeking volunteers to help with the event.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and raise money for an extremely important cause,” he said.

“Last year Kris Hooper and Natasha McLarty were the 6km run winners.

“We encourage avid runners to sign up for this year’s run to challenge themselves while raising money for a good cause at the same time.”

Registration will open bright and early at 6.30am, with the races to start between 7.25am and 7.30am.

For those who cannot compete in the race itself or just want to come down and support their friends, families and loved ones, a range of fun activities will be available, including refreshments, market stalls and children’s activities.

To wind down after the race, the Town is hosting a relaxing yoga session at 9am overlooking the ocean.

Last year the Town’s 323 active participants raised $7271.75 to add to the$3 million raised in 2016 across Australia.

Further inland, Newman will also be hosting its first Mother’s Day Classic event, consisting of a 4km walk leaving the Newman Recreation Centre at 9am.

The Newman Recreation Centre team will kick off the day with a group warm-up session and stretch before the walk.

With a classic pink theme, walkers will go into a competition for the best dressed, with prizes for the winners at the end of the walk.

Shire of East Pilbara manager of recreation and events Simmone Van Buerle said after the walk, everyone was invited to join a pink-themed brunch in the Whaleback gym.

“There will be delicious pink cupcakes available for a gold coin donation,” she said.

“All funds raised will be going towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation. There will be free pink-themed goodie bags for all participants and a raffle run by the Newman Visitor Centre.

“There are also prizes for Best Dressed Individual and Best Dressed Team.”

Online registration for both events, which close tonight, range from $10 for children, $20 for adults and $35 to $55 for family passes.

However, if you can’t get online, registration will be open on the day for a slightly higher price ranging from $15 for children, $25 for adults and $45 to $65 for family passes.

All money raised from the events will go towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation, funding more vital breast cancer research in Australia.

To help with the fundraising without running, donations can be made online or to a specific runner or walker completing the courses.

To register for the event, visit and follow the links to get to your local event.

Alternatively, locals can also contact the Town of Port Hedland’s Ashlee Groch on 9158 9385 and the Newman Recreation Centre on 9177 8075.

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