Funding Breast Cancer Research

In August last year, I blogged about how, at my school's Health Expo, I created a ‘proposal’ for the school to hold a ‘Pink Accessories Day’. It was proposed that, for a gold coin donation, students could wear pink accessories to raise money for breast cancer research.

Later in November of last year, I blogged that the proposal was accepted and that my school hosted the ‘Pink Accessories Day’. It was a a great success and nearly all students and staff participated. It was very rewarding to see my school flowing with pink accessories, after all the hard work that went into the day. In all, $370 was raised, which is a fantastic considering the small size of my school and that it was the first such event.
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A majority of the money donated to large cancer organisations, such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, is spent on promotional material, meaning research receives little funding. Whilst promotional material is certainly necessary, we wanted to directly fund breast cancer research with the money raised. We subsequently decided to present our donation to the ‘Wesley Research Institute,’ which is conducting fascinating and vital cancer research. Specifically, we donated the money to a breast cancer research project titled “Maintaining Lean Body Mass In Women with Breast Cancer Without Gain – A Pilot Study.”


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I arranged for Mr Rod Knapp, the Fundraising Officer from the Institute, and Mr Cameron McDonald, one of the main researchers for the project, to attend our school assembly to accept the donation. Mr McDonald has an extensive background in nutrition and health and is an accredited dietitian and accredited exercise physiologist. He delivered a highly engaging, informative and interesting presentation about the research he is conducting and the benefits and importance of exercise for cancer prevention and recovery. It was so rewarding and touching to see all the hard work that went into the 'Pink Accessories Day' pay off and the donations helping fund such a worthwhile and vital research project.


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I urge you to take a look at the Wesley Research Institute's website and the amazing work and research they are doing, and consider donating to this innovative research centre. The work and research they are doing is so beneficial and vital, and donations can directly fund research. 

I hope that the success of this 'Pink Accessories Day' that I proposed at my school can inspire people to believe and understand that they can make a difference, even by doing something little. Everyone can do something to support cancer research.

Take care,
Madeleine Moore