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 26 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 brands help raise awareness and funds to support breast cancer organisations.
6 easy ways to do your bit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
1. 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.
For every punnet sold, R1 will go to helping women get breast prosthetics who aren’t able to afford the surgery.
2. Be a “Breast Friend” and get your friends to be a part of one of the largest breast cancer awareness initiatives in the world!
Join Avon iThemba Walkathon and walk for a purpose with over 29 000 participants. Besides creating much-needed awareness, there will also be good food, great music and a children’s entertainment area for you and your family to look forward to on the day.
For more information about how you can sign up (entries will be closing soon), click below:
3. Strawberry Lips will be supporting the Pink Drive this October.
‘With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Strawberry Lips has taken the decision to give back, all in the name of sisterhood. A portion of our sales will go towards PinkDrive in the form of a donation to help support the great work they are already doing for ladies across the country,’ explained Strawberry Lips marketing manager, Vanessa Nel.
So take a shot of your favourite pink drink this month for the greater good…
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4. SoyLites will also be supporting the Pink Drive this month with some limited edition HOPE products. 10% of the turnover from all HOPE products will be donated to the Pink Drive. Click here to visit their website and shop online now.
The HOPE moisturising candle has an uplifting scent with neroli, jasmine and ylang ylang. And the best part, the oil leftover from the burning candle can be applied to the skin as a moisturiser.
The HOPE body balm is made up of a blend of cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, grapeseed oil and soy wax. And the moisturising balm has the same reinvigorating scent as the candle.
5. Give back while treating yourself to a limited-edition ghd hairdryer or straightener in a pretty pink blush.
Every year ghd do their part for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the release of limited edition tools, and this October is no different. This year, ghd has partnered up with Lulu Guinness – a British accessories designer – to create tools in a rosy metallic finish complete with the designer’s signature pink lip pattern.
For every purchase of these special-edition tools, R100 will go to the Pink Drive.
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6. Estée Lauder is showing support with a limited-edition bottle of Advanced Night Repair, their top serum. Buy a bright pink bottle for R1 255 and Estée Lauder will donate 20% to the Look Good Feel Better charity in South Africa.
You can also join the Estée Lauder Ladies Luncheon on 25 October: