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Brisbane property developer Pointcorp has donated $6000 to help Mater Chicks in Pink reach its goal to raise more than $620 000 at this year’s RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run event this Sunday 4 March.
The fun run is Brisbane’s biggest celebration of women and Mater’s largest community event, bringing together more than 13 000 people from all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels to run or walk the 5 or 10 km Brisbane River loop.
In Australia, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women with more than 17 000 women diagnosed each year and in excess of 3000 women dying from the disease in 2017.*
Pointcorp Directors Paul Gedoun and Chris Vitale who presented the cheque to Mater Chicks in Pink said Pointcorp was proud to be supporting women with breast cancer through the event.
“My wife, Kylie and I, alongside my colleagues, are very excited to join the sea of pink on Sunday and to run the 5 km course," said Paul.
“For us the event is not about course PBs, it is about an opportunity to give back to the community and we will continue to do our part to help change lives for the future,” he said.
Pointcorp’s donation will help Mater Chicks in Pink support research such as Mater researcher, Dr Patricia Carreira’s current study targeting ‘mobile DNA’ and its links to the spread of breast cancer.
Cause champions and breast cancer patients, Christel, Carolyn and Melissa—who have all undergone treatment for breast cancer in the past two years while in their 30s—were on hand to receive the cheque on behalf of Mater Chicks in Pink.
Melissa, Christel and Carolyn and their families and friends will be participating in Mater’s fun run this year to recognise others living with the disease and raise money for research and support services for patients.
“Research is the most important tool we have in the fight against breast cancer,” Melissa said.
“This is the area where the greatest impact can be made, and we need as many people as possible to work towards a cure for the future,” she said.
Funds raised through the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run support Mater Chicks in Pink to provide services at every step of a woman’s breast cancer journey, such as mastectomy bras, wigs and counselling, and ensure life-changing research at Mater continues into the future.
Mater Foundation Executive Director of Philanthropy, Lesley Ray said Mater’s world-class researchers were doing incredible work to improve our understanding of how, and why, breast cancer spreads and if this knowledge could improve breast cancer treatment and survival rates.
"Corporate donations such as Pointcorp’s contribution go a long way to support future research projects and provide day-to-day support for women currently going through breast cancer treatment.”
Paul said Pointcorp would continue to support women and families within the community as an important part of their Tomorrow’s way of living today business philosophy.
To donate to Pointcorp, as well as Melissa, Christel and Carolyn as they take on this year's RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run, click here.
Photo from left to right: Cause champions and breast cancer patients Melissa Magoffin, Carolyn Attwood, and Christel Lindsay; Mater Foundation’s Lesley Ray (middle) and PointCorp’s Directors Paul Gedoun and Chris Vitale.