Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Are you Pink confused?

 

Are you Pink confused?

I don’t really blame you.

Pink rules in October, creating awareness about Breast Cancer, and all the fundraising that goes with it. But where does your dollar go? There are pink products out there, that promise that a portion of each item sold will go to a breast cancer cause. But one pink ribbon may not be the same as another pink ribbon.

I felt compelled to write this to try and untangle some of the confusion. No pretty pictures or fashion today but just info. I applaud every single organisation that creates awareness and raises funds for “the cause”,  but do you know what each organisation does?

 

I am a breast cancer thriver (read my story HERE) and I understand that all that pink might be a little overwhelming. FYI, I am a volunteer for the NBCF Speakers bureau. I speak at corporate and community events to remind people that attend, what they are fundraising for.

 

So here goes , I have researched as much as possible and if I made mistakes please let me know, I will rectify them:

 Breast Cancer Institute of Australia (BCIA)

BCIA

The Breast Cancer Institute of Australia (BCIA) is the fundraising and education department of the ANZBCTG. (Australian and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group)  Ongoing support for clinical trials research is essential for progress – results can be achieved more quickly, when more funding is available.
Our aim is to eradicate all suffering from breast cancer and achieve the ultimate goal of “a world without breast cancer.”

Fundraisers for For Breast Cancer Awareness Month :

Purchase the Women’s Health Diary or Pink Merchandise

 

 

Cancer Council Australia

 

Cancer Council

Branches in each state and territories.

The Cancer Council is for ALL cancers and their priorities are:

Fundraisers for For Breast Cancer Awareness Month :

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)

bcna

 

BCNA is represented by the Pink Lady Silhouette, symbolic of its focus on the women diagnosed with breast cancer and all those around her.

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) works to ensure that Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs.

BCNA supports, informs, represents and connects Australians affected by breast cancer.

Fundraisers for For Breast Cancer Awareness Month :

Fun Run, Pink Lady Luncheons, Mini Field of Women or Pink Lady events.

 

 

 

The Mcgrath Foundation

Mcgrath foundation

 

Founded by Jane and Glenn McGrath in 2005 after Jane’s initial recovery from breast cancer.

The McGrath Foundation aims to raise money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia as well as educate young women to be breast aware.

Fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Purchase Pink Products, hold Pink sporting and community events and Turn your Profile Picture Pink in Support of the Mcgrath foundation

 

National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)

 

NBCF

The National Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer.

Our aspirational goal is to achieve zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. With 42 Australians diagnosed each day and seven dying from the disease, there is still much to do.

Since the National Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1994, more than $115 million has been awarded to fund over 400 Australian-based research projects across every state and territory to improve the health and wellbeing of those affected by breast cancer.

I know for a fact that around 80 cents of every dollar donates will go straight to Australian based research.

Fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, Buy Pink Products, Create awareness by posting a selfie #showyoursupport,

 

Did you know that when I was told: "You have breast cancer" , 41 other families lives were turned upside down on that day? Did you also know that 7 women still die of breast cancer every day in Australia? October Is Breast Cancer awareness month and today, I am showing support by wearing showing off my pink bra straps. #ShowYourSupport Donate at showyoursupport.org.au @showyoursupport and all of this month buy the pink @nbcfaus merchandise available to raise funds for valuable research. No more deaths from Breast cancer by 2030!! #nomore
Did you know that when I was told: “You have breast cancer” , 41 other families lives were turned upside down on that day?
Did you also know that 7 women still die of breast cancer every day in Australia? October Is Breast Cancer awareness month and today, I am showing support by wearing showing off my pink bra straps. #ShowYourSupport Donate at showyoursupport.org.au @showyoursupport and all of this month buy the pink @nbcfaus merchandise available to raise funds for valuable research.
No more deaths from Breast cancer by 2030!! #nomore

 

So there you have it.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of the biggest fundraising months for these organisations. I put all my weight behind the NBCF because I support their mission to research to find a cure for this horrible disease.

So please. Pick your pink. Support what you think is right. Buy pink products but check the logo to ensure that it is going to the cause you want. As you can see, each of the great organisations above do completely different things. Know where your dollar goes.

Or donate at the links I have provided above.

 

Thank you. On behalf of past, current and future Breast Cancer sufferers: Thank  you.

xoxox

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About Fashionista in Suburbia

Dutch Born, Fashionista in Suburbia lives at the Southern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. A Mum. A Wife. A Lover of all things sparkly, shiny and leopard print. A Shoe, Lipstick and Sunglasses Addict. A Typical Libra. A Breast Cancer Thriver.

4 thoughts on “Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Are you Pink confused?

  1. Great post Barbe!! Yeah, I was rather pink confused because there’s just so many. I honestly just support any organisation that are affiliated to support, research, raise awareness and everything that is concerned with any sort of cancer. Basically just cancer, because I believe that when (and I’m saying when no if) they find a cure for one type of cancer, I’m sure this will mean they can find a cure for all types of cancer. Yes, I’m that optimistic. My aunt had breast cancer. She’s what you’d call a thriver? So these causes are all close to my heart.
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