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6000 Participants to Run for Love and Money at Carman’s Fun Run this Sunday

Breast Cancer Network Australia 2 mins read
Julie and her friends at a previous Carman's Fun Run.


This Sunday 18 February six thousand people will be heading to Elsternwick Park in Brighton to take their marks and fundraise for the annual Carman’s Fun Run.

Julie Mayers from Sandringham is a mum of three herself, but she’s warming up for Carman’s Fun Run in honour of her own mum, Halina, who she lost to breast cancer in 2010. It’s a particularly special year for the run at Julie’s house, because all her own kids are participating in honour of their late grandma for the first time.

The Bayside suburbs will come alive as adults, kids, and dogs take to the pavement to raise awareness of the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women, breast cancer.

“My eldest child Noah has watched me run every year and he’s very excited to be joining in for the first time,” Julie said. “He likes the idea of helping others who go through the same thing as his Gran and has really enjoyed watching the sponsorship page as the money raised increases!”

The event raises money to support the important work of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) – Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. BCNA partners with Sole Motive and Carman's to bring this fantastic event to Melbourne, which continues to draw a crowd year after year.

Julie has participated in the annual event for many years. “I’ve done Carman’s Fun Run with my mother’s group friends for the last 7 years,” Julie said. “We’ve done a variety of distances depending on pregnancies, but we’ve always managed to do the 5km or 10kms – and I even pushed it out to the half marathon for the first time in 2022, which I completed!” 

Julie continues to return year-after-year to fundraise for BCNA because she believes not only is it a fun event, it’s important to raise awareness and support all people affected by breast cancer. “It’s honestly one of my favourite days of the year, it gives me a real lift to see everyone come together with breast cancer at front of mind” she said. “I also see it as an opportunity to quietly take some time out and think about my mum, her battle, her strength, and our memories together.” 

Mix with BCNA Ambassadors including Raelene Boyle and AFL/AFLW stars including Hugh Greenwood, Oskar Baker, Sophie Locke, and Alyssa Bannan from BCNA’s partner Melbourne Football Club and Kate Maloney from the Melbourne Vixens (netball) will be participating.

Continue the celebrations with friends and family at Elsternwick Park with entertainment, face painting, children’s activities, massage and more. Recharge at food and coffee vendors, browse retail and merchandise stands, and take a quiet moment at BCNA's Mini-Field of Women tribute.





Key Facts:


WHEN: Sunday 18 February 2024


WHERE: Elsternwick Park in Brighton


TIMES: 5:45am – Event Village Opens

7.10 am - Half marathon

8.10 am - 10 km

9.10 am - 5 km run

9.30 am - 5 km Pink Lady walk

About us:

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. BCNA provides information and support to those diagnosed and their supporters, opportunities to connect with others going through a similar situation and work to influence a stronger healthcare system to ensure all Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support.

Contact details:

Rachael Stewart

Media and Communications Manager

03 9805 2540


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