This October, Breast Cancer Now is encouraging schools across the UK to dig out their best pink fancy dress for their flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 20 October.
Wear it pink, the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, calls on schools to ditch their everyday uniforms and pull on some pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.
The fundraising event, back for its 16th year, encourages schools to wear pink on Friday 20 October and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now to help the charity achieve its aim that by 2050 nobody will die from breast cancer.
The charity’s flagship fundraising day started in 2002 and has so far raised over £30 million for vital breast cancer research.
Lois Fitzgerald, Marketing, Events and Communications Manager at St Catherine’s Catholic School, said:
“Everyone gets involved in wear it pink and the students look forward to it every year. I think that it is more important now than ever for our girls to be educated in terms of taking care of themselves and being aware of serious health issues that may affect them or the people around them in the future.”
“I love wear it pink, it is an excuse to turn the whole school pink and squeeze in as many fun events as possible into the school day. I just think the whole essence of the campaign is so amazing and this makes our staff and students want to get involved and raise awareness and funds.”
Lottie Barnden, Senior Fundraising Products Manager at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“Wear it pink is a brilliant opportunity for schools across the UK to fundraise together. There are so many ways to get involved, from holding a pink cake sale or sports day at school, to having a pink non-school uniform day. Whatever you do, you’ll be raising money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.
“Right now breast cancer is at a tipping point. Every year in the UK around 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and sadly around 11,500 women and 80 men will lose their lives to the disease. This is why we are urging everyone to get involved in wear it pink this Friday 20 October to raise funds for vital breast cancer research, to stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.
“We know how much fun schools have when they take part in wear it pink and we look forward to hearing all about the ways children and teachers across the UK are planning to fundraise and take part this year.”
To take part in wear it pink this October, please visit wearitpink.org for further details, fundraising ideas for schools and how to register for your free fundraising pack.