Classic returns

ON the back of a hugely successful inaugural Gawler Mother’s Day Classic in 2016, locals are being called upon to once again get behind the cause and support breast cancer research.

Registrations have now opened for the 2017 fun run/walk, which will be held both in Adelaide and, regionally, in Gawler on Mother’s Day.

Local organiser Renee Platt said she is hoping even more people will take part in Gawler’s event this time around, to double last year’s fundraising total of $15,000.

“We had about 900 registrations last year, including on the day, which is significant, because
when I put that event together in my mind, I thought it would be great to get 100 people,” she said.

“We raised $15,000, which made it an event of significance, especially for a regional event
and it being the first time it was held.”

The 2017 event will be similar to last year’s instalment – to build on its success – and will feature a four-kilometre walk and run along the North Para River, starting and finishing at Hewett Primary School.

Mrs Platt said she encouraged everyone to get on board and help the fight for a cure, and prevention, of breast cancer.

“One in eight women are going to develop breast cancer by the time they are 80, so if someone just looks around their office, or around at kindy pick-up, or next time they are at the shops, to realise one in eight will be affected, it’s a really significant number,” she said.

“I met the doctor that is in charge of the research and I learnt that the $15,000 we actually raised translated to paying for 12 months of research for a PhD student, towards finding a preventative cure.”

Individuals or teams can register for the 2017 Mother’s Day Classic event online at ‘’ and by clicking on Gawler, in the Regional Events section.

Entering early secures the admission price of $20 (for adults at the Gawler event) and the chance to receive a free T-shirt.

The Mother’s Day Classic has, so far, raised more that $30 million nationally, and will celebrate its 20th year in 2017.

Ellouise Crawford


Ellouise Crawford joined The Bunyip in April, 2010, while completing a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia. Ellouise wrote The Bunyip’s Playford Times before joining the editorial team full-time in late-2011. She now covers the Light Regional Council region and enjoys writing about Gawler’s strong heritage, as well as its many passionate and inspirational residents. Ellouise grew up in Gawler and now lives in Wasleys with her family.

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