October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most women have been touched by breast cancer in some way — whether they’ve had a scare themselves or know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease.
According to CANSA, breast cancer has a lifetime risk of 1 in 29 in South Africa. It’s easy to feel helpless when faced with the sheer scale of the problem, but luckily there are some amazing charities out there who are dedicated to early diagnosis, helping women who are undergoing treatment and helping them return to normal life after they’ve beaten the disease.
Even better, some of our favourite brands have come up with great ideas to make it incredibly easy to give back for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October and help those living with breast cancer. These limited edition products help raise awareness and funds to support breast cancer organisations.
8 easy ways to do your bit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
1. Spoil yourself or a friend by buying Dianthus ‘Pink Kisses’, R45,99, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These stunning mini carnations not only serve as beautiful gifts, but a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Pink Drive. And who doesn’t love flowers?
2. Buy the limited edition ghd V electric pink styler and roll bag, R2 499, and ghd will donate a portion of the proceeds on your behalf to Pink Drive to help them to continue to deliver free, lifesaving breast cancer screening services and education.
Donating money to charity + fabulous hair = winning.
3. Research shows that mushrooms could be one of our most powerful allies in the fight against breast cancer — women who eat on average 10g of mushrooms a day halve their risk of breast cancer! Get more info and mushroom recipes here.
Get healthy and donate money towards Reach for Recovery when you buy a pink punnet of mushrooms from Pick n Pay, R22,99. For every punnet sold, R1 will go to helping women get breast prosthetics so that they can feel normal again.
4. Get great skin with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, R640, and R40 will be donated to Look Good Feel Better. The organisation helps women boost their self-confidence and feel beautiful after undergoing cancer treatment — because everyone deserves to feel gorgeous!
5. Help support breast cancer charities and look good while doing it by buying a Relate bracelet, R39,95, from Woolworths. Proceeds from the sale of each bracelet benefit the Breast Health Foundation, which educates, empowers and supports people diagnosed with breast cancer.
6. Paint your nails pink with this amazing value for money Sorbet Paint Pink gift set, R189, and R10 will be donated to a breast cancer organisation. You can buy the sets from Sorbet stores all over the country and you’ll get 2 fabulous nail polishes from the brand new Sorbet collection, plus a cute make-up bag.
7. Since 2013, Supa Quick and Bridgestone have been raising money for Pink Drive by selling pink valve caps for your tyres. What a fun way to show your support and raise awareness (and we secretly love the idea of pink valve caps). A set costs just R50, you can get them from any Supa Quick and they are amazing!
8. Not only is Mandy’s Hair Removal Lotion, R24,50, a quick and easy way to remove hair, but it’s also a great way to give back this Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A percentage of sales from the product will be donated to Pink Drive.