As it is, one in eight Aussie women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. On average, seven women die from breast cancer every day in Australia and in 2013 14,940 women are predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia.* Now, for the good news... Since 1994, through funding over $97 million for research, the The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) have managed to halve the number of women diagnosed. They have an aspirational goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by the year 2030. To make that happen they're going to need help, which is why we've partnered up with them to spread the word and get every Aussie involved in one way or another. We've made a list of just a few of the many meaningful and effective ways you can help contribute to a cause very close to all of our hearts. Remember, every little bit brings us closer to a cure:
FUNDRAISEA great way to raise money is to get a group of friends together for a breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea at your house, work or school. NBCF have put together a really helpful guide on how to host an event, which you can see HERE. Otherwise, there's the Pink Ribbon Breakfast; you can register to host a breakfast at pinkribbonbreakfast.org.au and, while you're at it, check out these yummy recipes put together by Matt Moran HERE. Or for the guys out there looking to get involved, there's always the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. NBCF asks 'Are you man enough to wear pink for the women in your life?' You can find more info at www.realmenwearpink.org.au
VOLUNTEERAt the National Breast Cancer Foundation, as with most charities, they rely pretty heavily on the goodwill and support of their wonderful volunteers; this year alone over 4,000 volunteer hours have been generously donated across a range of different areas. You can find more info and register online HERE.
REGISTER4Register4 is an online community for anyone 18+ who wants to participate in breast cancer research and help find a cure. As a member you can volunteer your time on approved research projects, which can be as simple as filling in a questionnaire. It's all entirely up to you. You can find more info at www.register4.org.au
DONATEThen of course there is always the option to just straight up donate money to the NBCF at any time you are able to. This can be a one-off gift, monthly giving, in memory or anything else you would like. You can find info or give through the NBCF website HERE Don't forget, if you're shopping at Bonds online, you'll also be able to add a donation of your choice at the check-out. 100% of your donation will go directly to the NBCF. Plus, Bonds will match your donation dollar for dollar to support the NCBF's important research and education projects. Find out more about Bonds' partnership with the NBCF HERE
GET THE WORD OUT THERENBCF has dedicated a whole month to spreading the word about the cause, with Breast Cancer Awareness Month starting on the 1st of October. As an NBCF partner we'll be keeping you updated on all of the great stuff on throughout the month, including Pink Ribbon Day on the 28th, so check in if you're keen to get involved.
You can always find NBCF on social media at facebook/NBCFAustralia on Twitter @nbcfaus and on Instagram @nbcfaus *Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Cancer Australia 2012. Breast cancer in Australia: an overview. Cancer series no. 71. Cat no. CAN 67. Canberra: AIHW.