Unite in Pink for women’s cancers

Friday 24 October, 2014

Victorians are encouraged to purchase Pink Ribbon Day merchandise today, Friday 24th October, to raise funds for breast and gynaecological cancers.

Hundreds of volunteers are out selling the pink merchandise to support Cancer Council Victoria’s life-saving cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

All street stalls will be operating today, Friday 24th October, and a limited number will also be open this weekend.

This year’s Pink Ribbon merchandise range includes the best-selling enamel pin ($5), pink ribbon pens ($6), stylish pink bracelet ($7) and the cute and collectable ‘fitness’ Penny Bear ($10).

Cancer Council Victoria spokeswoman Barbara Charan said that with more than 50 women being diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer every day in Victoria, more still needed to be done in the fight against women’s cancers.

“Unfortunately, there aren’t many of us in the community who aren’t affected by cancer, and another 5000 Victorian women are diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer every year,” Ms Charan said.

“Funds raised from Pink Ribbon Day will have a positive impact through services like Cancer Council 13 11 20, which connects those facing a cancer diagnosis with personalised advice from experienced cancer nurses.

“The money raised will also support some of the brightest researchers working on new ways to prevent and treat breast and gynaecological cancers.”

Ms Charan said that Pink Ribbon Day was part of the Cancer Council’s Unite In Pink campaign, which also includes Girls’ Night In.

“Cancer Council Victoria is aiming to raise more than $2 million through Pink Ribbon Day and Girls’ Night In, but we can’t do it without your generosity and support.”