Did you know that a staggering 18,087 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every year? Sadly, that number continues to rise.*
On any given day, 50 women* will have their worlds turned upside down when they hear the words “You have breast cancer”, and eight women* will tragically lose their fight against the disease.
These women are our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends—and they need your help.
By raising funds for Mater Chicks in Pink as part of the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run you are making an impact in the lives of these women.
Your fundraising efforts will be helping to fund life-saving research at Mater to better understand and treat breast cancer now and into the future.
Ultimately, you’ll be raising funds for women with breast cancer today to save lives tomorrow. We can’t thank you enough.
*Cancer Australia, 2018
Every dollar makes a difference.
Help fund innovative research to selectively target cancer cells to make chemotherapy safer.
Help restore a woman’s sense of confidence after breast removal surgery by providing her with a mastectomy bra.
Help a woman feel more like herself after chemotherapy-induced hair loss by providing her with a wig or scarf to wear.
Help fund breast cancer research that focuses on improving survival rates, working toward a future where ALL women diagnosed with breast cancer survive.
How it all started...
In 2003, sisters Jo Collins and Felicity Robson left Mater aghast that a third member of their family had been diagnosed with breast cancer. After seeing their grandmother and aunt undergo countless treatments and appointments, it was their mum that had heard the words “you have cancer”.
After seeing the exceptional care provided to their loved ones by the Breast Care Unit at Mater Private Hospital South Brisbane, the ladies rallied their good mates, Annie Stonehouse and Meaghan Bakker, and set to work planning a fundraising morning tea in 2004.
Their dedication, enthusiasm and passion for the cause sparked a movement and on Pink Ribbon Day in October that year, the response from the community was overwhelming. Lined down the block, the sell-out event combined all the fabulous things about being a woman into a celebration that was fun and importantly, had purpose.
Inspired by their guest speaker, breast care nurse Sally Graham who had played a key role in their loved one’s care, the ladies got to work creating a requested “chicks in pink” shirt that could be sold to raise additional funds for Mater. Within a few years, a full merchandise line was created and both an online and storefront shop had been established in conjunction with both Sally Graham and Lesley Ray of the Mater Foundation.
Mater Chicks in Pink today
Thanks to the inspiration of these women we continue their legacy by raising funds for Mater Chicks in Pink to support women with breast cancer.
Every year thousands of women and men come together to create a sea of pink across Queensland; uniting common cause of wanting to see better health outcomes for women diagnosed with breast cancer now and into the future.
Mater Chicks in Pink provides invaluable support to women diagnosed with breast cancer by providing practical, personalised services along with hope for the future by investing in breast cancer research.