Dig for a cure!

Sacred Heart Raises Breast Cancer Awareness from Day One of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Darya, Writer

October is the annual universal Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, “most people are aware of breast cancer, [however] many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stage and encourage others to do the same.”

Every year our school has hosted many events during this month to raise awareness among students, even from a young age. For example, the Social Service Council is planning to put up posters of famous women fighting breast cancer. They also plan to host two fundraising events: the annual pink and denim free dress day on October 16 and the pink- themed bake sale on October 28. The money raised from both events will be donated to breast cancer research.

On top of the annual activities that the Social Service council organises, this year the volleyball team hosted a ‘Dig for a Cure’ game on October 1 in the Sacred Heart gym. Sacred Heart played Seisen, another Kanto Catholic girls’ school. The two teams organised a charity game where the spectators were encouraged to wear pink. During the game there were opportunities for the supporters to donate money by participating in a Serve Off in between the second and third sets, the teams also passed around containers so that the supporters were able to make donations. The players also organised a photo booth where spectators took pink- themed photos. All the proceeds went to the New Zealand Breast Cancer foundation.

On October 1, all the Sacred Heart volleyball players wore pink shirts saying, “Dig for a Cure”, promoting the game and raising awareness for the start of the breast cancer month.

“I think this new event, which is open to the public, is a great way to start raising awareness of breast cancer outside of the Sacred Heart community and a good way to promote breast cancer awareness month from the first day of the month,” said Rachael (11).