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National Book Launch – Easter at Tobruk, by Michael O'Sullivan


Carindale, Qld – The award-winning novel Easter at Tobruk, written by Yass resident Michael O’Sullivan, will be launched in Canberra and surrounding areas from Wednesday, June 13.

Interactive Publications Director Dr David Reiter will also be attending to co-launch his children’s picture book Real Guns.

Launches will be held at Goulburn Library, from 6-8pm, Wednesday June 13; Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, from 6-8pm, Thursday, June 14; Yass Library, from 6:30 – 8:30pm, Friday, June 15; and in Queanbeyan, at Queanbeyan Council Library, from 10am, and Angus and Rovertson Bookshop, from 12pm, on Saturday, June 16.

While written for children, Reiter’s story, which was illustrated by Irish artist Patrick Murphy, confronts the topical issues of gun control and the effects of war on returning soldiers and their families.

Reiter was motivated by his memory of growing up in the US, where guns were, and still are, part of everyday life. One day he discovered his father’s hidden gun.

“It didn’t go off as I cradled it, but it was only good luck that it didn’t,” Reiter explained. “Many others aren’t so lucky. I had to write about that.”

O’Sullivan’s novel, which re-visits Australia’s involvement in the 1941 Battle of Tobruk, is a powerful story of contemporary and historical Australia.

The novel is set during two Easters: the chaotic 1941 of Tobruk, and a calmer Australian Easter fifty years later. A young man, reading his grandfather’s war diaries, experiences the tragedy of war first-hand.

“It seemed appropriate to bring these issues to the fore not only in the historical context of 1941, but also in a future setting,” O’Sullivan explains, “enabling the work to explore the effects of war not only on the participants, but also on their friends and families, and future generations.”

With declining numbers of war veterans to march each Anzac Day, the closest links to war history for many young Australians are now provided by diaries, letters and other personal papers. O’Sullivan seeks to communicate the experience of reading another’s personal thoughts and feelings.

Having published his previous novel, Secret Writing, IP is pleased to continue its relationship with O’Sullivan and proud to launch this important novel in his local area.

Communism in China is on the Way Out!!


Communism in China is on the Way Out!!


24 May 2007, Free China Association, Quit CCP Center and various community and NGO representatives will hold an event to celebrate the 22 million Chinese people who have courageously renounced membership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and/or its affiliated organizations . The high-profile defection of Sydney Chinese diplomat Chen Yonglin two years ago was a well-known revealed case of the wave. In the biggest freedom movement since 1989, a daily number of 30,000 Chinese people have reportedly resigned from CPP. To date, over 21,828,897 people have publicly renounced their membership.

Although economic growth has boomed in China under the current political regime, it is well recognised that human rights, health standards and China’s environment continue to deteriorate with disastrous repercussions. Poverty and unemployment also remain high, while corruption is widespread and media censorship remains severe.

When 2008 Olympics gets closer, the human rights situations in China also draw increasing attentions. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture recently issued a report that expresses concerns about the detention, mistreatment and sentence of attorney Mr Gao Zhisheng due to his work as a human rights defender. Also recently, the former Canadian MP David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas along with other politicians around the world wrote to Olympic Committee to pressure Chinese Communist Party to follow the spirit of Olympics of peace and freedom, and immediately stop human rights abuses, including the recently-revealed organs harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.


Supporting 22 million withdrawals from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
11am, Thursday 24th May, 2007
Location: Federation Mall, Parliament House, Canberra

INQUIRIES: Elliott 0430-047-982

Free China Association is a non-government organization founded in March 2005 to enable Australians to contribute towards the freedom and human rights improvement in China. Free China supports peaceful, non-violent efforts to affect positive change in China. In the global quitting CCP campaign, we aim to provide a support network for the growing numbers of Chinese people who have bravely stepped forward to leave the CCP.

Singling Out Discrimination


Work/life balance is constantly in the headlines. How does one balance the responsibilities of being a partner, parent, and employee without suffering one’s personal health and overall well-being? Managers tend to have more empathy on employees who have children and may tend to have provisions to make life easier for those with a family (which also includes taking care of parents).

But with so much emphasis being placed on family-friendly workplaces, single people are feeling discriminated. During a focus group, a woman expressed her experience of indirect discrimination for being a single person. She felt that her peers relied on her and somewhat expected her to ‘stay back’ to complete a last minute deadlines or troubleshoot emergencies because she did not have ‘family’ obligations.

Singles (i.e., those with no serious partner and/or children) struggle to attain the same empathy or acknowledgement that they may ‘have a life’ as well as other responsibilities which may take priority over work. Dr. Mary Young, a work/family expert in Boston, stated that singles wanted to be able to leave work on time and not feel guilty, similar to their ‘working parents’ colleagues. Many singles feel that their needs are trivialised or dismissed; they want support for their needs outside of work, and want to feel that they have legitimate personal needs, just like those with families (Bruzzese, 1999)

Though many anti-discrimination policies include marital status, singles may still subtly feel increased pressure and work demands on them for managers may assume they have less responsibility at home. In her book “The Baby Boon: How Family-Friendly America Cheats the Childless”, Elinor Burkett highlights the changing demographics in the workplace between the growing numbers of mothers in the workforce as well as a new growing group: childless adults. She also points out the inequalities in tax breaks, workplace and government entitlements while providing insight to solutions in catering to the childless worker.

Syndicated columnist Dr. Julianne Malveaux quoted a worker at a Fortune 500 company which had received high marks for its family focus: “My co-workers say they need to leave early to pick their children up from school, and I’m expected to work an hour or so longer to accommodate them. But none of them would work late so that I could go to the opera or to the doctor. I’m all for juggling work and family, but we all have obligations and interests, and mine should count for as much as theirs do.”

Single people do have all the obligations that family people have except they have to tackle them all without a spouse to handle half the workload. Ask any single parent about that challenge. Additionally, just because a worker is single doesn’t mean there’s no partner or significant other sharing the worker’s life.

Organisations need to identify the demographics of their workforce to cater to their needs, including their marital and ‘family’ status. This will assist in developing programs for the single person which may increase the person’s loyalty to the organisation. For example, one way to cater to singles with regards to benefits is to offer a “cafeteria” style benefits programs, which allow each worker to choose an array of benefits that best suits his or her family or personal needs. A working mom might select employer-subsidised childcare, while a single worker might choose a sabbatical or paid tuition as a benefit (Malveaux, 2000).

The composition of the workforce is changing and will continue to change, especially as our workforce ages. Just as most parents chose to have children, singles are single by choice or because of a partner’s death, and they don’t think they should have to pay for their situation by doing more in the workplace.

Dr Dion Klein is a writer and speaker on corporate health issues and is the Managing Director of Healthy Worksites, a company specialising in corporate wellness and team building programs for the public and private sector. He can be contacted at drdion@healthyworksites.com.au or http://www.healthyworksites.com.

Travel No Excuse for Stopping Healthy Habits


One reason people use for not exercising is ‘no time’. Even while on holiday, people don’t seem to find time to exercise. Business people who travel extensively state there are no places to ‘work out’. But the reality is there are plenty of ways for today’s traveler to exercise and eat healthy while away from home. Here are a few ideas:

.Always pack a pair of walking shoes or runners. Even if you forget, comfortable flat-heeled shoes are good for walking.
.Pack a fitness travel pack which could include an ‘exercise band’, jump rope, goggles and swimsuit (if you want to swim), and walking/jogging shoes.
.Walk everywhere (that is safe).
.Check out if you hotel has a fitness room. Most 3-5 star hotels include that in their rate and will have a variety of cardiovascular equipment and a pin-loaded multi-exercise machine. If it doesn’t, find out where the nearest pool, health club, and bike rental shop is located to your accommodation. Enquire if the hotel has a relationship with the venue for discounted rates.
.If you are attending a conference, see if there are morning activities for delegates. Join in! It is a great way to meet people.
.Body-weight squats, pushups and sit-ups are easy in your hotel room.
.If you are traveling internationally, contact your airline and ask what meal options they offer. Many flights offer low-fat meals, vegetarian, and diabetic meals to name a few. (You usually get to be served ‘first’ before the rest of the plane.)
.You don’t have to finish everything on your plate when eating at a restaurant. Similar to air traveling, ask if there are options to replace a particular item on the meal. Today’s menu has a variety of healthy options.
.If you are staying in a place which has kitchen facilities and a refrigerator, go to the grocery store and buy the healthy staples. If really keen, cook your own meals. It will also save you money.
.If you happen to find yourself stranded at an airport, some international airports now have ‘airport gyms’. This trend has recently started in the United States (see www.airportgyms.com).

If you integrate exercise and healthy eating into your traveling plans whether business or pleasure, you will be able to maintain your levels of fitness as well as feel better throughout your journey.

Dr Dion Klein is the Managing Director of Healthy Worksites. He can be contacted at drdion@healthyworksites.com.au.

Albert Hall Future Meeting


On 24th May from 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm at the Albert Hall there will be a public meeting to discuss future directions for the Albert Hall. A panel with local senators and MHRs, Chief Minister for the ACT John Stanhope, representatives of the Heritage Council, the Walter Burley Griffin Society and the Friends of the Albert Hall will answer questions from the audience.

This historic public meeting on the future of the Albert Hall is hosted by the National Trust of Australia (ACT) in conjunction with Friends of the Albert Hall and a range of community partners – Canberra City Rotary Club, Walter Burley Griffin Society, Yarralumla Residents’ Association, Manning Clark House, Canberra International Film Festival Inc, Artists Society of Canberra, The Embroiderers Guild (ACT) Inc, Monaro Folk Society, Earthly Delights Dance Academy and in association with Canberra Youth Music.

This will be a forum for discussion, ideas, and information from community groups, experts, federal parliamentarians and ACT officials about the Albert Hall precinct.

Refreshments will be provided and the Bush Dancers Display Group and the Bordonian Heritage Dancers will perform. Please try to attend if you can.

'Live in Canberra' attracting workers to ease the city's skills shortage


''Live in Canberra'' attracting skilled workers to the Capital
Most of Australia’s major cities, Canberra included, continue to face a serious skills shortage. Just over 12 months ago, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope launched the Live in Canberra campaign with the aim of ‘selling’ Canberra’s job opportunities and lifestyle benefits to families in south and southwest Sydney fed up with the rat race.

With a prestigious Public Relations Institute of Australia national Golden Target Award to its credit, the campaign has now expanded throughout Australia and overseas, in what has been a best practice example of government, business and community sectors working together to tackle the skills shortage head on.

Campaign director, Jeremy Lasek, said the Live in Canberra campaign had exceeded all expectations. “While it’s difficult to quantify, the team is aware of at least 50 families and individuals who have moved here as a result of the campaign, and this number continues to grow each week. It’s great news for the ACT,” Mr Lasek said.

Although Mr Lasek acknowledges that the Live in Canberra campaign alone will not solve the skills issue, significant progress has been made in a relatively short amount of time.

Since the campaign’s launch, the Live in Canberra team has responded to thousands of emails and phone calls from people seeking advice about making the move. Over 1500 information packs have been sent out and the Live in Canberra website has had over 40,000 visits with 25 per cent of these now coming from overseas. With seminars and marketing material, the team have assisted hundreds of employers in Canberra recruit skilled workers from interstate and overseas.

As well as two targeted campaigns in Sydney and the Illawarra region, Live in Canberra also attended ‘Country Week’ in Sydney and the ‘Australia Needs Skills’ expos in the UK and Ireland.

This recent push into the overseas market sparked a significant increase in the number of applicants to the ACT’s Skilled and Business Migration program. A comprehensive database of over 1000 people with the skills Canberra needs has been developed. In the past year, 110 skilled workers from overseas have had applications approved to work in the territory. A further 35 applications are pending.

As the competition between the states and territories to attract and retain skilled workers becomes more intense, Live in Canberra is full steam ahead for the upcoming year and currently recruiting new supporters for the next 12 months from our business sector.

“With IP Australia, Service One, IELTS, Forde Developments and the Australian Public Service Commission the latest new organisations to come on board with Live in Canberra, the campaign will continue to build on its strong relationships in the ACT community, ” Mr Lasek said.

For further information, phone 6205 3188 or visit www.liveincanberra.com.au

New Natural Therapies Clinic Opens at Torrens Shops


The Primal Balance Clinic, Canberra’s newest wellness centre, celebrated a busy and successful opening last weekend at the Torrens Shops.

The Primal Balance Clinic brings together a first class team of five experienced and qualified professionals offering a wide range of natural therapies.

Treatments range from relaxation therapies to the treatment of injuries, muscle aches and pains, chronic conditions and stress management.

Taking an holistic approach, treatment styles include relaxation and remedial massage, lymphatic drainage, Reiki, Reflexology, energy balancing, lymphatic drainage, pre and post-natal massage, Bowen Therapy, Hot Stone Massage; and body-mind therapies such as Rosen therapy and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

Exclusive to the Primal Balance Clinic is the Bio-Press which has been imported from Italy to treat problems such as fluid retention, lymphodema, cellulite, and for detoxification.

Two years of careful planning and forethought has resulted in a quality, boutique style wellness centre – the vision of its creators, Anton and Mary Pemmer.

“We took the time to consider the needs of local Canberrans, not just in regard to the wellness treatments offered, but in creating a design, based on Feng Shui principles, that has resulted in an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming and comfortable.”, said Developer and Therapist, Anton Pemmer.

Attention to detail for client comfort is obvious with electric treatment tables, heated towels racks, relaxing music and ambient lighting.

“We felt attention to detail was important, ensuring the little things, such as the quality of the oils we use, were of the same high quality as the Clinic’s fittings and equipment.”, said Co-Developer and Flower Essence Practitioner, Mary Pemmer.

The Primal Balance Clinic, located in Torrens Place at the Torrens Shops, is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 7pm and by appointment on Mondays and selected Saturdays. To book an appointment, phone 6290 0050.

Did you know…?


If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

A pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes.

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy.)

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories a hour

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male’s head off.

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (Hmm mmmm……)

Ri ght-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.

A cat’s urine glows under a black light.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

Starfish have no brains

Polar bears are left-handed.

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

Panta Rei Fusiondancing


Panta Rei
Panta Rei fusiondancing offers a great way to get fit and stay in shape in a friendly and supportive environment, and to dance without pressure and make new contacts. Nobody is judged and there are no mistakes, only “little variations” that help towards each dancer’s self-development. You can wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing; perhaps you can tie a scarf around your hips, but definitely bring a smile along.

Dance classes: Dancing to worldmusic and to live handdrumming, from 6.15 pm on most Fridays (call for details!) at Gorman House (B block), cnr Batman St & Currong St, Braddon. Cost is $15 each. No previous experience is needed to join in. Classes are relaxed and sociable without pressure to memorise steps. Those who want to stay on can join in with the complimentary choreographies part from 7.30 pm.

It is followed by a hand-drumming group 8.00 pm – join in for $5 per session – bring your own handdrum (e.g. a darabooka, tabla or djembe),
or contact Panta Rei for more information at:

Phone: 0405 638910
PO Box 855 Civic Square ACT 2608

Chamber of Women in Business Event May 23rd


The only Business Organisation representing women in Canberra
The Chamber of Women in Business certainly attracts a wide range of speakers at our events and our May event “Flying High Mini Expo” is no exception. This month’s Mini Expo will be held in conjunction with the Capital Region Business Expo on Wed 23rd May 5:45pm at the Hellenic Club.

Speakers for this month are:
Amy Banson whose “Walk With A Rose”, commemorating the life of Canberra student Clea Rose, continues to raise awareness of and money for Aquired Brain Injury. Amy will speak about how she managed to keep the cause alive through adversity.

Sarah Cook – Young Olympic Rower and AIS resident who knows all about getting motivated to transcend pain and heartbreak. Her personal motto is: “Don’t wait for the light at the end of the tunnel, go down there and light it yourself”.

Robyn Moore – who many Canberrans will recognise as the voices behind Cactus Island and Blinky Bill. CWB President Barbara Baikie says of Robyn: “Robyn is one of the most inspirational women I have met”.” The CWBs Mini Business Expos provide practical ideas on starting, growing, managing and selling your business. They offer ample networking opportunities between Canberra business women.

We encourage Canberra business women to come and visit the CWB stand at the Capital Region Business Expo – Hellenic Club on Wed/Thur 23rd and 24th May. Talk to local business women about their experiences. Also check out event details and download a registration form at www.cwb.org.au ‘Events’.

Cost: Members $35 non-members $55
18th May 2007

Inquiries: 6282 6255.
Comments: Barbara Baikie, President CWB, 0419-477959
Ms Jean McIntyre, Promotions Officer CWB Committee, 0428-311387

Questacon – a great day out!


Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, is a large facility with almost 200 interactive exhibits and programmes about Science and Technology. The project was a joint partnership of Australia and Japan that the latter then donated half of the construction cost (one billion Yen) as a major bicentennial gift to Australia. The centre aims to provide science experiences to all in a fun and easy way. It was officially opened in November 23, 1988.

The Centre is located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin on King Edward Terrace, Parkes (on the corner of Mall Road West), in the midst of Canberra’s national institutions. Questacon is the country’s leading interactive science and technology centre. Since the centre has opened, millions of visitors from different places have had fun and meaningful experiences at Questacon. It also offers a variety of programmes for all visitors like Spectacular Science Shows in any of the three theatre spaces the centre has, science-themed birthday parties, after-dark visits and even overnight stays as well.

From the start, Questacon has always aimed to bring the wonder and fun in learning science to children throughout the nation. And since the centre is in Canberra, there are still a number of children who are not lucky enough to visit the place. With this, Questacon makes an effort to reach out to these kids and travel the whole of Australia through several outreach programmes which include The Shell Questacon Science Circus, Questacon Smart Moves, Tenix Questacon Maths Squad, Indigenous programmes as well as others. These programmes intend to develop greater understanding of science and technology to everyone even in the most distant areas of the country. Questacon also has its own website where everyone from kids to teachers can take advantage of their services, have fun and learn at the same time. This is the centre’s way to interact with everyone and make them love and appreciate science, technology and math in a different way. It provides free access to educational materials, online exhibitions and other interactive learning opportunities.

If you are travelling by car, there are plenty of free car parking areas next to Questacon’s distinctive white building. Questacon is a 30 minute walk across the lake from Civic, Canberra’s main business district.

Questacon is open between 9 am and 5 pm everyday except Christmas Day. All admission fees include both entry to the exhibitions and a science show performance in the Theatre.

Adults – $15.50
Concession – $10.50
Child 4 – 16 years – $9.00
Family (2A + 3C) – $46.00
extra child – $4.50

Get more information at www.questacon.edu.au

Z Brasserie: funky, soothing


Z Brasserie now open
Z Brasserie: funky, soothing

The Tuggeranong dining scene is all the more tasty with the arrival of some of the eateries on Anketell Boulevard. One that stands out from the crowd is Z Brasserie.

Z Brasserie is refreshingly different, with a colour scheme that combines cool, fresh shades of green with warm, cozy shades of brown. The logo is funky and the atmosphere buzzy from the early morning when customers are welcomed with good coffee and hearty breakfasts through to lunch, afternoon coffee and cake, drinks after work, and then dinner.

One bonus with Z Brasserie is it believes customers should be able to eat when they want-there’s no closing the kitchen down mid morning or mid afternoon. Rather, food is served all day.

Z Brasserie already has a growing list of regulars who like the vibe and the extensive menu which truly offers something for everyone. There’s an impressive selection of dishes you can order as starters or as a light meal, such as deep fried crab balls with mouth popping mustard seeds, flat fried wontons served with guacamole and bacon, and little chilli meatballs.

The menu pays full respect to vegetarians, offers dishes that celebrate flavours from around the globe, and meals created with fresh, Australian produce. There’s also great family meals including ‘stuff kids love’ like burgers. The ‘Z’ option is guaranteed to hit the spot-it’s served with lean beef, on a fresh, gourmet bun, chips, and a side salad.

And if you have room, you won’t be disappointed by Z Brasserie’s dessert range, which makes for a very sweet ending indeed.

Owner Deborah Wentworth-Shields decided to open Z Brasserie in the new Anketell Boulevard dining precinct after identifying a need for a restaurant ‘with a difference’ in the area. She was one of the first to open on ‘the strip’.

A Brasserie’s wine list is well chosen and suits the restaurant’s personality. The price structure is great and there’s plenty of choice by the glass. Beer lovers will love the classics and can, if in the mood, experiment with options from overseas and specialty Australian beers from microbreweries such as Mountain Goat High Tail.

Deborah decided to open the restaurant after identifying a restaurant ‘with a difference’ in the area. She has a wealth of experience gleaned from her years at Zest in Kingston’s busy Green Square and is a smart operator. She’s passionate about food, understands that at times customers want zippy service and is determined to make Z Brasserie a favorite spot of many.

Z Brasserie is open seven days from early until late. 6293 9333. Southlife, 13B, Anketell Street, Tuggeranong.

Flying Russian Tsars


Flying Tsars
The imperial Russian Dance Company returns to Canberra with their “Flying Tsars” production. With over forty performers on stage, the Tzars present a show for the whole family. Audiences from New York to Tokyo have been spellbound by not only the good looking, wild eyed men with their feverish, dangerous acrobatic dances, sword and drum routines, but also by the stunning beauty of the females, the breathtaking gowns and costumes, spectacular scenery, the circus like tricks and acrobatics, their speed, agility and humour. Their gravity defying dance routines with near six foot high spins and flying leaps makes them unique. Los Angeles Times quoted – “The routines are not simply spectacular, they are wild – so consistently wild, they sometimes make the Cossacks seem tame”. New York Post quoted – “The most spectacular, thrilling and beautiful show in a decade”.

Venue: Canberra Theatre
Duration: 120 minutes including interval
Ticket only: $94.90
Please contact Canberra Ticketing on 6275 2700.
Performance Times Thursday, 24 May 2007 @ 8:30 PM

Thousands unite at the first Canberra Mothers Day Classic


The 8km runners get off to a flying start
The first Canberra Mothers Day Classic (held last Sunday 13 May) was a massive success with 2,400 participants running and walking for the breast cancer cause from Grevillea Park along the Molonglo River.

Although it was Canberra’s first Mothers Day Classic, this year marked the 10th anniversary of the event which was also held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth – with almost 50,000 participating nationally.

Chair of the Women in Super organising committee, Cate Wood said, she was very excited about the success of the first Canberra Mothers Day Classic.

“We are pleased to announce that the inaugural Canberra event had the biggest crowd to a first-time Mothers Day Classic event.

“Even though I am not surprised that the Canberra community embraced this event whole heartedly, our numbers on-the-day exceeded all our expectations, and the bottom line is, this means more money for breast cancer research.

Participants all had different reasons for being involved in the event. Some had won their fight against breast cancer, others supporting someone with breast cancer or had lost loved ones to breast cancer and some just wanted to support the great cause.

“Although much sadness comes with living with breast cancer or helping someone through breast cancer, the feeling on the day was one of celebration and support.

“We want to thank the community for getting involved, our sponsors, especially to our major sponsor Members Equity Bank and volunteers; of course the day could not have been possible with out them” Cate said.

As donations and sponsorship continue to come in, it will be a number of weeks before the total funds raised will be known. However the national committee is confident this year’s event will take the national total raised for the National Breast Cancer Foundation to over $3 million since the Mothers Day Classics inception 10 years ago.

Participants are reminded to get their sponsorship money in by 8 June to be eligible for prizes and to count towards the national tally.

The Mothers Day Classic is held each year on Mothers Day and raise much needed funds for research through the National Breast Cancer Foundation.