Think pink for breast cancer support and research

Nikki ParkinsonLife 14 Comments

October is breast cancer awareness month, so straight from the SY inbox, we’re bringing you everything that’s come in with a tinge of Pink. Get together with your friends and host a Girls Night In, or round up the troops and paint your nails pink as a fundraiser.  As you’ll see below, every cent counts and helps to fund vital research and preventative programs.

Pink ribbon day

In 2013, nearly 15,000 women will be diagnosed  with breast cancer in Australia.  That’s around 40 women hearing the devastating news every day. To show their support, Australian’s come together during October and it all culminates on Pink Ribbon Day; October 28th.

“A diagnosis of breast cancer can be a traumatic experience that can severely disrupt a woman’s family and working life, however outcomes are continuing to improve,” said Cancer Council spokesperson Katie Clift.

By participating in Pink Ribbon Day, we can all help to raise much-needed funds to provide support services to improve the quality of life for those affected by breast cancer, along with research into potential new treatments and prevention measures.

Show your support by registering to receive a box of pink merchandise to sell at work, or by buying a ribbon on Pink Ribbon Day.

Funds raised from this important national fundraising day go towards vital cancer research, prevention programs and support services such as the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20).

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Girls night in

Did you know that 90% of cervical cancers could be prevented if all women aged 18-80 had regular pap tests.  90%!  That is a shocking statistic and one that we can all help to improve.

By hosting a Girls Night In during October, you’re starting the conversation with your girlfriends.  It’s all about awareness, and opening the door for simple conversations to start.  You don’t need to sit around and compare pap test horror stories (although I’ve heard a few doozies which had me in tears of laughter) but encourage your sisters and loved ones to make an appointment.  The Cancer Council reports that only half of eligible women have regular tests.  We need to improve that number.

Money raised from past Girl’s Nights Out helped to fund the research that led to Dr Ian Frazer developing the cervical cancer vaccine.  I mean really, who doesn’t want to spend a fun night with their favourite gal pals?  Have a movie night, a dinner party or just a good old fashion chatter session.  It’s for a good cause!

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Essential Luxuries for Cancer – Annie Bra

Stephanie Devine is a fourth generation breast cancer survivor and opened her online store, Essential Luxuries For Cancer after her own battle with the disease.  Just in time for breast cancer awareness month, she is releasing a beautiful range of non-wired bras for women who have undergone treatment.

After her own courses of chemo and radiotherapy, Stephanie was unable to find pretty, feminine non-wired bras that weren’t designed for maternity.  So she designed and manufactured her own.

The Annie Bra (named after her grandmother) is available in sizes 32A-36DD and comes in black, white and ice pink. Stephanie is donating 10% of all sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  The bra will be ready for release in late October.


OPI – Pink of hearts

OPI is once again supporting Breast Cancer awareness month with a limited edition Pink of Hearts pink nail art pack, complete with pink ribbon stick-on decals and crystals.  They aim to give more than a glimmer of hope and support, with 100% of profits being donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Over the past 8 years, they have raised over $200,000 for the NBCF with their special pink packs. They are available at selected salons and also at David Jones for only $24.95.


Sukin – Rosehip oil

Australia’s own natural skin care brand, Sukin, have teamed up with The McGrath Foundation to release this limited edition Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil. The McGrath Foundation work tirelessly to provide specialist breastcare nurses across Australia, as well educate young women about breast health.  Sukin are donating a portion of sales directly to the charity, and want your help to reach their target of $20,000. Simply purchase one of the specially marked bottles of Rose Hip Oil at a local pharmacy or health food store before the end of October.  It couldn’t be easier.


Skipping Girl

Iconic Australian company Skipping Girl and community based organisation Pink Hope have joined forces to raise money and awareness for breast and ovarian health.  They have come together is a fun and fashionable way with the release of two limited edition totes.

A whopping 50% of proceeds from the sales of these bags will go directly to Pink Hope who provide a safe haven for high-risk women to connect, as well as encourage women to be vigilant about their breast and ovarian health.

The classic ‘cherries’ design will go pink, as will the signature tote which features the Skipping Girl logo.  You can pick one up online here.

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Mount Franklin

Australian designer Samantha Wills has teamed up with Mount Franklin and the McGrath Foundation to create a stunning limited edition jewellery collection.  Featuring a delicate necklace and stacked bracelet, the pieces will donate 100% of profits directly to the McGrath Foundation.

In addition, Samantha has designed Mount Franklin glass bottles which feature watercolour illustrations, reflecting the care that breast care nurses bring to the lives of families experiencing breast cancer.

Since Mount Franklin adopted the McGrath Foundation as their corporate charity partner, they have placed three much-needed breast care nurses in communities around Australia benefiting countless families.

You can win one of the Samantha Wills pieces right up until December 2nd, click here for more details.

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Jane Iredale – Bright Future compact

Since 2007, Jane Iredale Australia has supported the National Breast Cancer Foundation and this year is no different.  The new limited edition ‘Bright Future’ is a gorgeous mirrored compact featuring 5 timeless eye shadow shades along with a travel-sized brush for on-the-go application and touch ups. For every compact sold, Jane Iredale will donate $1 to the NBCF. Adorned with a rose-coloured Swarovski crystal and packaged in a quilted paper-box, it is the perfect gift for a friend.  For stockists, phone 1300 850 008.

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Pandora Pink Ribbon bracelet

Another company who have been supporting the NBCF for a number of years is Pandora.  Sales from their 2013 limited edition Pink Ribbon bracelet will benefit the NBCF with 30% of profits going directly to the charity. This gorgeous pink triple leather bracelet with a silver lock and key charm is rich in symbolism and such a beautiful way to demonstrate ongoing support for those living with cancer and fighting the disease.  The simplicity in this piece is divine. Since 2005, Pandora has raised a staggering $2.5 million for the NBCF and will continue with their efforts in years to come.


What’s you plan for turning pink this October?

Comments 14

  1. Hi Nikki,
    I am currently receiving treatment for breast cancer. 4 weeks ago I had a bilateral mastectomy, would love it if you could do a post on clothing, swimwear, underwear for those post surgery. I’m only 32 so trying to find fashionable options is proving to be a challenge. I would also urge all your followers to check themselves regularly and to get any changes checked as soon as possible, unfortunately age is no barrier.
    Thanks Nat

    1. Oh Charabelle, yes, yes, yes … do the checks (and since I’m over 40 I can access the free Breastscreen service in QLD too). That’s just such a big thing that you’re dealing with now. We posted this earlier this year but it wasn’t very well received. I had hoped the people not happy with it would offer some constructive advice for Heather but they didn’t: We never claimed to be experts but we were trying to help out a reader (who was happy with the help we gave).

  2. Hi Nikki,
    I am currently receiving treatment for breast cancer. 4 weeks ago I had a bilateral mastectomy, would love it if you could do a post on clothing, swimwear, underwear for those post surgery. I’m only 32 so trying to find fashionable options is proving to be a challenge. I would also urge all your followers to check themselves regularly and to get any changes checked as soon as possible, unfortunately age is no barrier.
    Thanks Nat

  3. Some very beautiful products. And for a very worthy cause – there are 3 women in my family undergoing treatment (at various stages) right now. Thanks for throwing your support being Breast Cancer Awareness month Nikki.

  4. I agree with Kelly below – I’ll be looking for the OPI set over here because it’s great that every cent of the profit goes to the cause, and keep buying my pink Sunlight which definitely adds cheer to one of my domestic duties! Thanks Nikki for highlighting how we can help xx

  5. It is great so many companies are willing to support such a great cause – every little bit helps. There are so many lovely things in that list and I especially love that OPI nail polish (and the 100% profit donation). Thanks Nikki for sharing them with us.

  6. I love how all these brands are making products that will raise funds to find a cure for these cancers. Will definitely be looking to purchase the Sukin Rose Hip oil because I’ve just run out.

  7. Lots of things! I have had my own scare so understand why it is so important (I didn’t have breast cancer just a benign lump in my milk duct which I have to watch carefully) My mother and Sister have also had early cervical cancer I cannot because I have had a Hysterectomy but it is important to note that even though I can’t have Pap Smears I have Vault smears anyone out there who does not have a cervix please have these done as they can help detect other cancers ,vaginal and ovarian etc.
    I like a good cause when big companies get on board,Great post Nikki.

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