This morning I woke up and the first thing I saw was a pink water bottle on my bedside table. I threw on my pink dressing gown and headed for the bathroom where my pink “getting ready for work products” were waiting. From the moment my eyes opened, pink was everywhere! Pop into the shops and you can find pink fundraising chocolate, drinks, make up, beach towels, shampoos, ice-cream makers…….. even pink numberplates! Why all this pink?
By now the broader community is aware of the variety of pink products available, the purchase of which allows generous companies to donate a portion of their sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Every day in Australia around 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer. Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women in Australia. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85, and over 14,100 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Almost every Australian knows someone whose life has been impacted by this disease, and the team at Mawsons are no exception.
This year the ladies of Mawsons donned their pink attire for a fundraising lunch, raising money to assist in the fight against women’s cancers, while in Broken Hill a pink day BBQ was the event of choice for both Mawsons men and women. A big thank you to the guys in Broken Hill for taking up the pink attire challenge and looking so fantastic in the process! As the Cancer Council of Australia says – real men wear pink! Shirts were purchased from Bisley’s work wear in striking pink and orange, donated pink goods were placed into raffle packs, and Mawsons matched the cost of the luncheon dollar for dollar as a generous donation to the worthy cause.
To our delight, Broken Hill raised $240 from their BBQ, and the ladies $1235 from their luncheon. Our congratulations to the raffle winners:
1st Prize – Linda McGillivray
2nd Prize – Craig James (The bright Pink slippers will bring out the colour of your eyes )
3rd Prize – Val Spring (What a great birthday present!)
A big thankyou to Alexia Stephens - women’s health nurse - for giving an informative, and oftentimes humorous chat about women’s health and breast cancer, at the luncheon. And thankyou also to Rachel Whittaker, event organiser extraordinaire !
Mawsons is proud to contribute to this worthy cause each year and the pink fundraising event is a much enjoyed aspect of our social calendar every October. Thankyou to all the Mawsons staff who participated by donating goods, purchasing raffle tickets and attending the events.……and keep an eye out for all those supportive pink products when you shop !
We now look forward to the Movember fundraising antics of our Mawsons men !
About Breast Cancer:
Breast cancer can occur at any age, it is more common in women aged over 60 but nearly one-quarter of women are younger than 50.
Cancer is a disease of the body's building blocks - or cells. It occurs when genes become damaged and the cells begin to grow abnormally and out of control. Cancer isn't one single disease, but a range of diseases in which abnormal cells multiply and spread out of control affecting a range of bodily organs.
Men can also develop breast cancer, although this is rare. More than 120 men are diagnosed each year in Australia.
An individual’s prognosis depends on the type and stage of cancer as well as their age and general health at the time of diagnosis. If the cancer is limited to the breast, 96% of patients will be alive five years after diagnosis; this figure excludes those who die from other diseases. If the cancer has spread to the regional lymph nodes five year relative survival drops to 83%.
If you would like to know more, hold a fundraiser of your own, or donate to this worthy cause, pay a visit to either of these two websites….
National Breast Cancer Foundation
Cancer Council - Pink Ribbon