Support women affected by breast cancer

Join us at this year’s RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run.

Brisbane's biggest celebration of women, the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run (IWDFR), brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels to support women affected by breast cancer.

Runners and walkers will set out over a picturesque 5km or 10km loop alongside the Brisbane River on Sunday 3 March.

Mater Foundation Executive Director Philanthropy Lesley Ray said the community’s support would help raise $800,000 to provide practical services for women going through breast cancer, as well as invest in potentially life-saving breast cancer research.

Mater Chicks in Pink provides invaluable assistance to women battling breast cancer when they need it most,” Ms Ray said.

“Breast cancer treatment is physically, emotionally and often financially exhausting – simply trying to get through a day of treatment can be a challenge.

“That’s why Mater Chicks in Pink is there to ensure women are provided with the very best care through personalised, practical support services.”
Ms Ray said with your support, Mater Chicks in Pink could help alleviate some of the physical effects of breast cancer treatment by providing mastectomy bras for women who have undergone the loss of one or both of their breasts.

“It helps provide women with beautiful wigs when they lose their hair, to help restore their self-confidence,” Ms Ray said. 

“It also helps terminally ill women create memory boxes for their children and loved ones, so their memory can live on after they’re no longer here.”

Mater Breast Care Nurse Michelle Hawksworth said that no woman ever thinks they'll hear the words "you have cancer" but, when it does happen, Mater Chicks in Pink is there to help and ensure that no woman feels alone.

“It doesn’t matter how small your donation is—even if it only funds one woman’s mastectomy bra after she’s had one or both of her breasts removed, it will make a big difference to that woman’s life,” Michelle Hawksworth said.

“It lets her know people—people she’s never even met—care about her.”

Last year, thousands of RACQ members participated in the 2018 fun run, raising more than $402,000.