RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run with Jen Dalton
Mater Health Services Clinical Nurse Consultant Jen Dalton joins Your Shout to discuss breast cancer and why you should run for a healthy cause.
Listen to her story below:
It’s time to get your sweat on for women’s health on Sunday 8 March. Held from 6.30am and starting from the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, the annual RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run will bring together more than 13,500 people for a worthy cause.
Sponsored by RACQ, The event, which is at capacity, aims to raise $750,000 for practical support services and breast cancer research.
This year, participants can enjoy two new course options – run, jog or walk either 6km or 10km. Both routes pass RACQ House on Edward Street, cross the iconic Story Bridge and pass through the scenic Kangaroo Point cliffs.
Money raised will go toward Mater Chicks in Pink, which funds potentially life-saving breast cancer research and provides dedicated support to thousands of people affected by breast cancer. The support includes counselling services, financial support and art and yoga therapy programs.
Last year, 251 RACQ employees took part in the event and more than 7000 members ran for the cause, raising $379,000.
Mater Health Services Clinical Nurse Consultant Jen Dalton said the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run raised much-needed funds to help women going through treatment.
“While we have made many advancements, we are still losing young women each year to breast cancer, and we need more money for research and to support those going through treatment,” Ms Dalton said.
“A lot of the support goes towards practical items such as wigs, bras and helping women in financial distress.
“The money raised give us the ability to help women with the little things including house cleaning, bills and parking fees at hospitals.”
Ms Dalton urged everyone registered for the event to create their own fundraising page and raise money to help those in need.
“We really embrace pink and the fun run,” Ms Dalton said.
“We have 12 people in the Mater team, including surgeons, physiotherapists, admin staff, breast cancer nurses and clinical nurses, participating this year.
“There will be a lot of pink and a lot of happy faces and hugs and I invite everyone to come and say hello to anybody from the Mater team.”
Participants can dedicate their run to someone special at the RACQ Tribute Wall at the Finishers Village, where there will also be a photo booth and name plate printing.
Registered runners must sign up and create a fundraising page before the event, then simply rock up on the day and sweat it out for a great cause.
On 19 February, RACQ will match money raised dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.