Pink Ribbon Day
On Monday 30 October, the Student Representative Council (SRC) ran a Pink Ribbon Day to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This proved a great opportunity to spark a discussion about some fundamentally female issues of breast and gynaecological cancers within our school community.
Whilst it is widely known and accepted that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as a school community, this issue is not often discussed. About 1 in 8 women (around 12 per cent) will be affected by breast cancer over the course of their lives. However, survival rates in Australia are over 90 per cent, which can be increased with early detection. Therefore, it is integral for us, as young women, that a conversation is initiated at a young age.
On Monday, the prefects handed out a pink hair ribbon to each girl as they walked into school, uniting the students with a simple message of solidarity. Our teachers also donned pink attire and joined in on the pink theme. During lunch, the SRC ran a bake stall with pink cupcakes, lemonade, brownies and other sorts of food which was a great success. We were also provided with merchandise from Cancer Council such as badges, pens and keyrings which were also sold. All the proceeds from fundraising will go directly to the Cancer Council to aid their research and support programs for women’s cancers.
Many girls expressed how much they enjoyed having a touch of pink in their uniform for the day – suggesting that we should do this more often! The enthusiasm and support was overwhelming. It was so lovely to see the school get behind a simple but strong message. Hopefully this can be a tradition that will continue into the future.
A huge thanks goes out to Mrs Ware, Mrs Bennett, the SRC and the Prefects for all their help in the organisation of this busy day.