Funds and awareness raised in Classic style
The Port Hedland Civic Centre lawns turned from green to pink on Sunday afternoon as hundreds of people turned out for the town's annual Mother's Day Classic.
In its sixth year, 365 people signed up for either the 3km walk or 6km run along the beachfront.
The event not only celebrates Mother's Day but is the Town of Port Hedland's annual fundraiser for breast cancer research. Initial figures say $11,220 was raised.
After last-minute registrations were taken, participants and their pooches observed a minute's silence for those who had lost their battle with breast cancer.
WA Country Health Service regional cancer nurse co-ordinator Victoria Busch spoke about her role in providing support to patients and families, and encouraged anyone who noticed anything different about their breasts to seek a medical opinion.
Spirit 2016 Hedland provided a live broadcast from the event.
Town of Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett said she was delighted at the turnout.
"Huge congratulations to everyone who took part, whether the 6km run or 3km walk to mark our sixth Mother's Day Classic event," she said.
"It was wonderful to see the sea of pink that occupied the Civic Centre Gardens with so many local residents turning out to support breast cancer research and to share in a community celebration of mothers and women.
"A special mention of thanks to the team and volunteers who shared their time on the day and helped make it one of our most successful fundraising Mother's Day Classic events."
The Mother's Day Classic events were initiated by Women in Super, and it was expected that this year the $25 million mark in funds raised for National Breast Cancer Foundation research would be surpassed.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women.
About 40 new cases are diagnosed each day.
One per cent of breast cancer cases are in men.
People who finished the race in order of completion:
CHIH JUI SHAW
Stefanne Janse van Vuuren
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