Brisbane and QLD Communities Raise $1.78M at Women’s Day Fun Run

The 2024 International Women’s Day Fun Run was a resounding success, with a tidal wave of support sweeping across Brisbane and numerous regional communities in Queensland. This remarkable event rallied thousands of participants, united in their mission to combat breast cancer, raising an astonishing $1.78 million for the cause.

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The streets of Brisbane’s CBD were awash with a “Sea of Pink” on March 10 as runners, walkers, and supporters donned pink outfits and accessories for the inspiring 5km and 10km events. 

Thousands more joined in at 14 “virtual” fun run locations from Bowen to the Sunshine Coast organised by Mater Foundation.

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Among the pink-clad masses were two incredibly inspiring women – Anna Finlayson and Anna Holland – both breast cancer survivors who embodied the event’s message of resilience, hope, and celebrating life.

Chelmer mother-of-two Ms Finlayson rallied her community from The Outdoor Club Graceville after receiving a shocking breast cancer diagnosis last year. Despite undergoing three surgeries including a mastectomy, her courage spurred them all to join the fun run.

Ms Holland, a teacher from Jamboree Heights State School, beamed with joy as she celebrated an incredible milestone – five years of being cancer-free after battling stage two HER2-positive breast cancer. 

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Her presence at this year’s Fun Run was a powerful testament to resilience in the face of adversity. Despite enduring a double mastectomy, gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, and radiation treatment, Ms Holland emerged as a true warrior, her spirit unbroken.

The record-smashing number of participants this year resulted in the event selling out within 25 days, despite organisers increasing the capacity by 3,000 spots to meet overwhelming demand.

Mater Foundation’s Chief Executive Andrew Thomas proclaimed this year’s International Women’s Day Fun Run as the largest in the event’s 33-year history. 

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“Queenslanders have supported this year’s fun run like never before – and we cannot thank them enough,” he said.

“Our supporters created a pink street party that stretched from South Bank to the Botanic Gardens – and beyond.

“It’s been a day of laughter and great memories – and a few tears too.

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The $1.78 million raised through the fun run will bolster Mater’s efforts against breast cancer through funding critical medical research, procuring cutting-edge equipment, and offering more personalised patient services.

Published 14-March-2024 

Chelmer and Riverhills Mums Led Record-breaking Turnout for Brisbane Breast Cancer Fun Run

The 2024 International Women’s Day Fun Run, presented by Queensland X-Ray, made history as the largest event yet, with a record-breaking 23,000 participants hitting the streets of Brisbane. Among the thousands of runners, breast cancer survivors Anna Finlayson and Anna Holland, hailing from Chelmer and Riverhills respectively, stood out as inspiring symbols of resilience and hope. 

Ms Finlayson, a Chelmer mother-of-two, inspired her peers from The Outdoor Club Graceville to join the Sea of Pink after receiving a shocking breast cancer diagnosis last year. Despite facing three surgeries, including a mastectomy, Ms Finlayson’s courage and determination have rallied her community behind the cause.

Anna Holland
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Ms Holland, a teacher at Jamboree Heights State School, is marking her five-year milestone since being diagnosed with stage two HER2-positive breast cancer. Despite the challenges she has faced, including a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, Mrs Holland remains an embodiment of resilience. Her participation in this year’s Fun Run symbolises not only her triumph but also a celebration of hope and survival for all affected by breast cancer.

Organised by Mater Foundation, the International Women’s Day Fun Run, held on Saturday 10 March 2024, garnered unprecedented demand, selling out in 25 days despite expanding its capacity by 3000 spots.

The overwhelming response to the 2024 Fun Run underscored the event’s significance in the hearts of Queenslanders. Mater Foundation Chief Executive Andrew Thomas emphasised the importance of community participation in supporting breast cancer research and patient care.

With the option for virtual participation, individuals across the state were also able to join the Sea of Pink and contribute to the cause from their neighbourhoods.

Funds from the event will be used for life-saving breast cancer research and vital support services for patients at Mater hospitals across Queensland.

From Brisbane to Bundaberg, every step taken in the Fun Run brings hope and support to those affected by breast cancer.