October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to Cancer Australia, more than 19,000 new number of cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2019. Sadly, around 3000 women will die because of this disease. Statistics show that this year, the risk of every female diagnosed with breast cancer by their 85th birthday will be 1 in 7.
The results have been alarming, but the good news is, early detection and innovative treatments are helping more women in surviving breast cancer. How can we spread this goal? Through different powerful activities, we can easily target the mission of Breast Cancer Awareness Month - let everyone know the value of monthly check-ups
Here’s a list of activities that can spread attention regarding Breast Cancer:
If Wear It Purple Day is a success in Sydney and all over Australia, I guess it’s time to have Wear Pink Day as a staple too. As a colour that represents breast cancer awareness and the fight to find a cure against the disease, just wearing them can grab the attention of every Australian.
If ever you do not have lots of pink clothing in your closet, you can always pin a pink ribbon to your clothes. It is an act that represents your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink Ribbon represents moral support for women with breast cancer and the eagerness to spread awareness.
As simple as wearing your favorite pink shirt, you can already spark awareness in your community, school, and workplace. Doing this can already show support to every Australian women - whether affected by breast cancer or not. As they always say, prevention is better than cure.
Wearing pink while having a pink ribbon cupcake sounds great, especially when it comes to spreading Breast Cancer Awareness. Imagine wearing and eating something that represents the goal of National Breast Cancer Day?
Make sure to get your Pink Ribbon Cupcakes from your favourite cake and cupcake store or bake them yourself. Share them with your closest friends, influence them to raise funds and to donate for the benefit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let's not underestimate raising awareness, because by working together, we can prevent deaths from breast cancer.
A morning and afternoon tea has always been a part of every Australian’s daily routine, why not use this opportunity to raise awareness? Breast Cancer is the most common cancer and more people should know about this and how we can prevent it from killing women.
Organize a morning or afternoon tea and bring with you a box of pink ribbon cupcakes. Share it with your family or colleagues and discuss what you know about breast cancer. If you are the one who initiated the gathering, be prepared with the facts and other relevant details to tackle about the said topic.
Then you can have a trivia game after played by pairs or by groups. Make sure the questions are from the mini discussion you have with them. The winners will donate a certain amount, while the losers will give double the amount. A win-win situation right, promoting awareness during a morning tea gathering and donating for cancer research.
Around 2.96 million are projected to use social media in 2020 and let's take this as an opportunity to do great things - promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month! You can start by customizing a pink ribbon on your Facebook profile picture or Twitter. For every person asking about the reason why don't hesitate to answer them directly.
If you want to use this activity in your office, you can form teams (suggestion: department) and come up with your signature individual profile photos. By the end of the month, the team with the largest number of likes and shares will win. It is also a requirement to use the hashtag #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth on your posts - may it be Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The winning team gets to win a prize, while the losing teams will donate to the Cancer Council.
Within your social circle, you can also use social media platforms to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Breast Cancer Day. Tag 5 friends on your profile photo with your adorable pink pose with the hashtag, convincing them to have their version as well. For every friend who did not change their profile picture, you'll donate $5 to the nearest organization in line with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Achieving something with your closest ally is one of the best accomplishments in the world. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month pick a friend and volunteer together, may it be for a fundraising event or something else.
Head on to your social media account and search for organizations that accept volunteers. Convince a friend to go with you and have the time of your lives. There's no better feeling helping people in their cancer journey and at the same learning facts which you can use to share with others.
The day or month may pass without you donating, but your presence will truly make a mark. As you inspire more people to volunteer, the goal of raising awareness will be achieved faster. Volunteer now, tap a friend and make your life full of wonderful memories.