The chief executives of Unisuper, MTAA Super, Cbus and HOSTPLUS were among those who helped to raise $4.5 million for breast cancer research by participating in the Mother’s Day Classic event last month.

However, the biggest single fund raiser was Michelle McLean, managing partner of law firm Cornwall Stodart who raised $55,000.

McLean who lost her mother to breast cancer when she was 10 years old walked in the 4km event in Melbourne.

In total there races and walks were held at 98 separate locations across Australia for the annual event, which was directly sponsored by AustralianSuper, Cbus, Hesta, HOSTPLUS, IFM Investors, ME Bank, NGS Super, Super Partners,

The event, which was set up in 1998 by Mavis Robertson and Louise Davidson has so far raised $24.3 million for breast cancer research in that time.

Cate Wood, chair of the Mother’s Day Classic organising committee, Canberra, said the money has helped lead to medical breakthroughs which had hugely improved survival rates for those with breast cancer since 1998.

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