THE organisers of the Stawell Mother's Day Classic, a fun run event which raises funds for breast cancer research, said it might be the last one they hold.
Pam Byron and Merrilyne Middleton have coordinated the event for the last six years, after Mrs Middleton overcame breast cancer.
This year they were unable to get a sponsor and had low attendance.
"We're going to have to make a decision whether it's worth all the work we've got to put in," Mrs Byron said.
"We haven't had a sponsor this year, which we normally have."
They estimated 140 people attended this year, where in the past it has attracted up to 400.
Mrs Middleton said it was time to "think very seriously" about the future of the event.
"We would hate to see it finish but it has become crunch time," she said.
The issue also came down to a lack of 'fresh blood' stepping in to help continue the event.
"The Stawell community are very generous - we're very blessed, but we just do need some younger ones to step up and take on the mantle," Mrs Middleton said.
"It's a great family atmosphere - you've got dogs and kids so it's wonderful."
Mrs Byron said it helped to promote health as well as raise funds for much-needed research.
"It's getting people out and active and that's what we'd like to see continue," Mrs Byron said.
"Ararat ran theirs for a few years and they dwindled like us. They couldn't get more help and had to stop it, and we're hoping that won't happen but we'll just have to see."
For those who did attend, like Michelle Mulvenney, the event was all about getting out into the community.
"It's good to be a part of the community, be involved, and help raise some money for a good cause," she said.
Ms Mulvenney ran the event with her daughter Kate.
"It's a good thing to do on Mother's Day," Kate said.
Raelene Seeary also ran the event.
"We need to raise funds for cancer - not just breast cancer but all cancers," she said.
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