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Fancy Footwork for Hope is supporting the Send Hope, Not Flowers charity by holding a fancy dress cross-country fun run this Sunday, 19 January.

Madeline Lucas, fondly known as Maddy is the organiser behind the family fun run to help raise awareness and funds for Send Hope, Not Flowers with her sights set on $5,000.

Maddy was interviewed recently on RPP FM's program Breakfast with Johnno & Marzy as Anna's special guest from Peninsula Kids weekly segment (peninsulakids.com.au). She explained that somewhere in the world every 90 seconds,  a woman dies in childbirth from complications. “When someone in Australia you know has a baby, instead of buying them flowers, spend the money on hope  that will go towards life-saving maternal programs in developing countries. The new mother will receive a card from Send Hope, Not Flowers with a message from you.  She will know you have made a donation in their honour which will help save the life of another,” she said.

Maddy added, “Because flowers die, women giving birth should not.” Her focus is to help raise money and awareness for our poorer neighbours Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Solomon Islands and their communities.

The Fancy Footwork for Hope fun run will start at 8am on the fields of Woodleigh School, Langwarrin South. Participants of all ages and abilities can walk or run 2.5km. To join in the fun and get dressed up in anything that takes your fancy, go to website https://regionline.activeglobal.com/fancyfootwork to register.

Follow Fancy Footwork for Hope on facebook.com/fancyfootworkforhope.

There are prizes for best dressed!

Sorry, no dogs.

Send Hope, Not Flowers is a not-for-profit charity set up to help developing countries with life-saving maternal health programs, making pregnancy and childbirth safe for all mums. To learn more about this remarkable charity visit sendhope.org

Words Debra Mar

Pictured who will be joining in the fun : L-R Tara, Bailey, Leila and mum Julie.