The breast cancer awareness month of October is all about raising awareness and money to help support a number of research and support facilities across Hong Kong, and the globe. Breast cancer is a terrible disease that not only affects sufferers but also their families and friends, and one way to provide support to those affected and those researching is to help raise money. The number one rule for breast cancer awareness month is to start making it a habit of performing self examinations once a month.
For a simple guide on how to do this, click here and remember to monitor and discuss with your GP any changes or lumps you may be concerned about.
For October this year, these are the top tips for raising money around the office for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Wear your pink ribbon with pride knowing you’re on your way to changing the future:
Pink food party
Who doesn’t love office food? A great way to raise funds is to host a Pink Food Party in your office this month. Coworkers can bring in food they have cooked or sourced, with the only rule being that it has to have pink as a main colour. Pizza covered in pink bacon, pink cupcakes, grapefruit salad, and even food dye-d spaghetti are all options. Each member of staff can donate some money and the office gets a creative feed, it’s a win win!
Pink raffle/silent auction
Offer staff the chance to participate in a silent auction with proceeds going to your charity of choice. A good way to spice this up is by placing all the items for sale in pink bags with just a riddle suggesting what people are betting on. Silent auctions can get pretty competitive, although silently competitive, so make sure you have a designated finishing time to stop people trying to rush in at the last second.
Casual Pink Friday
Casual Friday is a must have in the office, but why not ask coworkers to bring in a donation and dress up in pink one Friday? Great for offices with busy schedules, casual pink Friday lets people show their support for the cause without interrupting the day too much. Even just a pink coloured tie or a pink skirt can jazz up your regular Friday attire with the goal of supporting a good cause. The International Day to wear Pink this year is 27th October 2017- so make sure you jot it down in your diary!
Another subtle office costume change, this charity drive can raise donations by having all the ladies in the office wear pink lipstick to work one day. Not only will small donations help, the simple act of sporting the colour pink helps to raise awareness to the cause and get people talking. This is the best excuse to drag out your loudest shade of pink, just remember to check it’s not all over your teeth when you’re in that important meeting (it’s distracting).
Pink ribbons to wear in the office
Who doesn’t instantly recognise the pink ribbon? The best known way to show your support for breast cancer awareness month is to sport a small pink ribbon on your office-wear during the month of October. Pink ribbon’s have become the international symbol for breast cancer awareness, and most global charities will ship a small box of ribbons to your office for a donation. If you’re not into ordering stuff online (it can be a slippery slope into excessive late night shopping), then consider making the ribbons at home and selling them in the office with proceeds going to research. You’ll be the coolest kid in the office block (although you probably already are!).
Enroll in the Pink Heels Race this December
Fun and run are never really said in the same sentence (except for when you are running towards fun things), but why not create a company team to compete in the 2017 Pink Heels Race this December? You’ll run a cool 5km either in high heels or in your own pink sneakers (there’s even a men’s race for those who can trot in a pink heel). With some cool prizes and charity stalls, this one may be just what your office is looking for this year.
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The breast cancer awareness month of October is all about raising awareness and money to help support a number of research and support facilities across Hong Kong, and the globe. Breast cancer is a terrible disease that not only affects sufferers but also their families and friends, and one way to provide support to those…