It’s time to check your breasts. Yes, that’s right. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s never been easier to get involved in raising awareness, and funds, for a cause that’s close to our hearts. An estimated 20,000 women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer this year so even if it hasn’t touched your life, this is something we girls need to be part of. Here’s our guide on how you can be involved this month:
The Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In is a no-brainer when it comes to fundraising. You don’t have to do anything except have a night in with the girls! The idea is you, and your friends, donate the money you would have spent on a night out (remember be generous, think of all those $22 cocktails you spent on nights out last month!). Register online for a Girls’ Night In and you’ll be sent a host kit, full of enough planning tips and tricks to turn you into the next Martha Stewart. Don’t worry, there’s no judgment here. Especially if you’re planning on PJs and a Bridget Jones Diary marathon, because we want an invite!
Yes that’s right, this month even taking a flight can help the fight for awareness, research and fundraising. Qantas and Jetstar pilots will wear pink epaulettes, cabin crew will don pink wings, staff in the terminals will pin on pink ribbons and grow crew will wear pink caps. Expect to see FlyPink snacks and cupcakes onboard too, so remember to tag your trips with #WeFlyPink and heading to FlyPink to donate.
Never has there been a better excuse for a long lunch! Riley St Garage will host a decadent eight course lunch every Saturday in October, with all proceeds going to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. You’ll sip on a complimentary glass of Lauren-Perrier Rose Champagne (a must, it’s pink!) and go in a raffle for prizes like beauty hampers and more bubbles! $85 per person, bookings essential.
Again, we are being serious. A staycation really can help you raise money towards this mighty cause. For the whole month, Sydney’s Radisson Blu Plaza hotel will turn one of its Business Class rooms “pink”. We’re not talking about an Eloise at The Plaza type makeover, but a more discreet touch of pink décor and pink amenities. The room is one of hundreds around the world to be turned pink as part of the Radisson Blu chain’s “Love Blu, Think Pink” campaign. 10% of the revenue from the pink room will be donated the NBCF. The hotel has just emerged from a $13.5 million revamp so there’s never been a better time to check in – we’re big fans of the Distiller’s High Tea.
The Dragons Abreast Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the 22nd October at Cockle Bar, Darling Harbour and is a fun day even if you’re not on board. In its 9th year, the Festival usually sees participants dressed from head to toe in pink, and is a great one to watch from the harbour before a long lunch or a few cocktails. If you’re keen on participating, you’ll need a crew of 26, with training provided – be ready, you’ll have the most toned arms of your life after a few practice sessions!