Did you know breast cancer is the most common cancer for Kiwi women?
There are 3300 new cases diagnosed in New Zealand women every year (and don’t forget, it affects men too). Unfortunately 600 women die every year from breast cancer, and Māori and Pacific women have a greater risk of fatality.
Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is working to change these statistics, raising money for research and urging people to get regular mammograms and perform monthly breast checks themselves – early detection has a direct correlation with the chances of beating cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with the Pink Ribbon Appeal at the heart of the initiative. There are so many ways you can show your support and help raise money for the cause, so we’ve highlighted a few events that are happening this month – but check out the Breast Cancer Foundation’s calendar for more!
Do the Pink Star Walk
This annual fundraising initiative (and fun day out) is happening happening in Queenstown October 13, Christchurch October 19, Wellington November 9 and Auckland November 16. Round up a group of people, wear your favourite pink pieces, and raise some money for the cause. To give you some extra motivation, anyone who signs up for the Pink Star Walk using the registration code “FASHIONQUARTERLY” puts Fashion Quarterly in the draw to have a $1000 donation made to Breast Cancer Foundation NZ in our name by Estée Lauder Companies (a major sponsor of the Pink Star Walk). You yourself will also go in the draw to win one of 50 spot prizes of beauty products.
Pink Ribbon Street Appeal
Happening on October 11 and 12, you can put on your pink, grab a bucket and join the thousands of volunteers collecting donations nationwide – sign up here – or simply make sure you’ve got hard cash on those days so that you can donate. You can also donate to the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal online at any time!
The Pink Ribbon Ride
For those who prefer wheels, this event is happening October 6 in Auckland to raise money for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ – all motorcyclists are welcome.
Give yourself a breast exam
For many women, a self-check can be the first time they spot an abnormality; the earlier breast cancer is detected, the higher the chance of survival. Even if your breasts are fine, we encourage you to check them regularly – and here’s how to do it!
Shop to show support
With so many brands and companies getting behind Breast Cancer Foundation NZ to help raise money, we’ve put together some of our favourite things that you can buy this month to support the cause…