THE Pink Runners raised more than $5000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation when they ran the Portland 3 Bays Marathon last weekend.
The group of childhood friends decided to run the marathon and fundraise for breast cancer research and support in memory of two of the girl’s mother who died from the disease.
“The idea of forming Pink Runners came about after Jessica and Sarah’s mum Helen passed away from breast cancer in February this year, and it seemed appropriate after all the sporting activities and clubs she was involved with over the years,” team organiser Petra Melis-Walsh said.
“She was a mother, a sister, a friend, and a daughter just like the thousands of women in Australia who fight breast cancer each year; many of whom don’t survive.”
Six of the seven women, Petra Melis-Walsh, Eve-Marie Pedrazzi, Sarah Troeth, Jessica Troeth, Nikki Robertson and Minna Kanoa, attended school together in Portland are were joined by another friend, Lauren Gaylard.
The girls ran in two teams of four and each team completed the marathon in about four hours.
The effort of the women were recognised by the 3 Bays organisers, who decided to make the Breast Cancer Foundation the ‘charity’ for this years event.
People were able to donate to the cause after the marathon finished on Sunday, with a display at the finish line in Bentinck St. People are still able to make donations to the Pink Runners for the next week with tins located at The Lido Larder and Edwards Waterfront Restaurant or by donating online at http://bit.ly/pPHGhe.
The women wanted to thank the Rotary Club of Portland and the Portland Runners Club for their kind donations and support.