More than 500 people are expected to descend on Camden this Mother’s Day for an annual fundraiser.
Camden’s Mother’s Day Classic is a casual, four-kilometre fundraising walk around Camden Cycleway, at Chellaston Reserve.
It was started by Camden’s Thai Tyquin, a breast cancer survivor.
This year, the seventh time the event has been held, Ms Tyquin expects more people than ever to attend the event.
“The first year I was expecting just my own family and friends, about 25 people,” she said.
“But 200 showed up. We’ve gotten bigger and bigger since then and last year there were about 660 people.
“It makes me very proud to see how well it has done.”
Ms Tyquin said one of the greatest aspects of the annual walk was providing people who had lost their mothers or other loved ones a chance to celebrate their life in an uplifting way.
“Sometimes people who have lost their mother don’t know what to do on Mother’s Day, so we make this walk as much of a celebration as we can,” she said.
The mother-of-four said she intended to join the Wollongong Mother’s Day Classic after going through her breast cancer treatment.
However, she soon decided to launch her own branch of the event and hasn’t looked back since.
Ms Tyquin said the Camden community was extremely generous.
“When I was going through my treatment it was a very emotional time,” she said.
“I had people that I barely knew stopping by the house and leaving me food.
“So this event is partly to say thanks to them.
“It’s such a generous group we have here, people are giving extra money with their raffle tickets and things like that.”
Ms Tyquin said the Mother’s Day Classic also featured a tribute wall where people could post messages for their lost loved ones.
Mother’s Day Classic events are held at more than 100 locations across Australia each year. More than $33 million has been raised since 1998.
The Camden event kicks off at 10am, Sunday, May 13. Donate or register for the event here.