NUIG’s first ever full day devoted to Breast Cancer awareness and fundraising has managed to raise over 800 euros for charity.
NUIG Pink Day 2015, which was organised by the college’s cancer society, saw 826 euros being raised in total, which will now be divided between the Irish Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Research Ireland.
The event, which took place throughout Wednesday 28th October, aimed to increase breast cancer awareness in the student community particularly while also raising vital funds for organisations helping to support those currently battling the disease.
As part of the campaign, students were encouraged to wear pink for the day as a number of different events, from bake sales to nail painting, took place across the NUIG campus. Pink Ribbons were also distributed throughout the day.
The documentary movie ‘1 a minute’, which charts the lives of several female celebrities who have been affected directly or indirectly by breast cancer, was also screened as part of the one day event.
NUIG’S Quadrangle also turned pink to mark NUIG Pink Day 2015.
In a statement, NUIG Cancer society said it was great to have “such tremendous support” for the newly launched campaign and looked forward to next year’s Pink Day.
“Thanks to everybody who helped make our first Pink Day so successful. It was great to have such tremendous support for our Breast Cancer Awareness campaign and I hope the day was as enjoyable for participating students as it was for us here in the NUIG Cancer Society.
With your help we have managed to raise €826; which we will split between our 2 chosen charities:The Irish Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Research Ireland.
We will be surely back again next year for #NUIGPINkDay2016 but in the meantime we hope to see the same support and enthusiasm for our future events,” a statement from NUIG Cancer Society read
In addition to the money raised, the society said they hoped the event has helped to, “improve Breast Cancer Awareness in the student community.”
The society also hopes that, “people now feel more informed on the facts, research and on- going work by the organisations involved in fighting Breast Cancer.”
Every year in Ireland, around 2,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 660 women die from the disease, according to the society.