October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, mama! Here’s what you can do to help in Singapore.
If things have started looking extra rosy to you lately, mama, it’s not the haze finally getting to you: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide. While that definitely means you can expect to be surrounded by lots of pink stuff over the next 30 days (not that we don’t love pink here at Sassy Mama), it also means there are tonnes of great initiatives going on across Singapore to raise both funds and awareness about this disease that affects so many women around the world. (As the daughter and granddaughter of Breast Cancer survivors, it’s certainly a cause near and dear to my heart. –Ed.)
According to the Singapore Cancer Society, Breast Cancer is the #1 cancer killer of Singaporean women, and 1 in 11 women here will get Breast Cancer in their lifetimes, with numbers steadily on the rise.
One of the keys to survival is early detection (including both self-exams and mammograms), and to that end women age 40 and above who are Singaporean citizens or PRs can get $25 off a mammogram screening island-wide if they make an appointment by 31 October (screenings can be done anytime through 31 January, 2016). Click here for eligibility info and to download the free voucher, mama. Even if you yourself don’t qualify, we bet you know someone who does, so pass this valuable info along!
Want to know what else you can do to help raise Breast Cancer awareness? We’ve rounded up a list of events and fundraising initiatives across Singapore to keep you abreast (sorry, couldn’t help it) of goings on this month.
The Pink Ribbon Walk & Carnival
This annual event – a 3.2km walk around Marina Bay – is happening tomorrow mama but they accept walk-up registrations! You’ll not only be showing your support for survivors, you’ll also be raising funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation, which runs amazing support groups and programmes for Breast Cancer patients and does awareness outreach throughout the year. Be sure to wear pink!
When: Saturday 3 October (tomorrow!), 5pm
Where: Marina Bay Event Square (between Marina Bay Promenade and Marina Bay Shoppes)
How much: $35-$45
Public Forum: How Far Are You from the Number One Female Cancer?
Presented by the National Cancer Centre Singapore, this free expert talk (available in both Mandarin and English) will let you know how to recognise risk factors and symptoms and will also cover detection and treatment options. We know it can be scary and unpleasant to think about, but it’s good to be informed, mama!
When: Saturday 3 October, 9.15-10.30am (Mandarin) / 11.15am-12.30pm (English)
Where: NCCS Peter and Mary Fu Auditorium, Level 4, 11 Hospital Drive, Singapore 169610
How much: Free! Call (+65) 6225 5655 to register.
Public Forum: Breast Cancer Hair and Skin
Run by the National University Cancer Institute of Singapore, this free talk for patients and their supporters will cover how to cope with Breast Cancer and treatment along with looking and feeling your best! A team of medical and beauty experts will discuss how to handle hair and skin changes during cancer therapy (including handy make-up demos and how to get creative with a scarf!), and the event will be capped off by a showing of Cancer Hair, a short film shown for the first time in Singapore.
When: Saturday 24 October, 9.30am-12pm
Where: NUHS Tower Block, T01-01, Level 1, 1 E Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119228
How much: $5 (earlybird registration before 12 October) / $8 (regular). Email [email protected] or call 6772 7637 by 16 October to register.
Pilates in Pink
Our friends at Focus Pilates will offer six special classes between their Raffles Place and Orchard Road locations on Friday 30 October. Each 60-minute class will be led by one of Focus Pilates’ internationally-trained expert instructors, with all proceeds benefitting the Breast Cancer Foundation. Participants are very much encouraged to wear pink!
When: Friday 30 October, various timings from 10am – 2.15pm
Where: Focus Pilates Orchard, 302 Orchard Road, #08-03/04 Tong Building, Singapore 238862 and Focus Pilates Raffles Place, 22 Malacca Street, #08-00 RB Capital Building, Singapore 048980
How much: $35 per class. Contact Focus Pilates to book your spot, mama, as spaces are limited!
Dance of Hope Charity Zumba Party
International Zumba superstar David Velez (making a special appearance from his native Colombia) will take participants through a 4-hour dance party that’s so much fun they’ll forget they’re exercising! Organised by Danza Esperanza, last year’s event raised $30,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation… let’s see if we can help them top it this year, mama!
When: Saturday 31 October, 1-5pm
Where: Hall 404, Suntec Convention Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593
How much: $38 per person. Call (+65) 9626 8033 to purchase tickets.
Under Armour’s Women of Will
High-performance sportswear label Under Armour is celebrating women who use fitness and exercise to stay healthy with its WOMEN OF WILL campaign that aims to raise awareness for breast health. The campaign will culminate in the WOMEN OF WILL event in early November featuring outdoor cycling, Pilates, yoga, and bootcamps. Spend a total of $120 on any Under Armour merchandise – with at least one item from the Power in Pink collection – to receive a limited edition WOMEN OF WILL badge, privileged access to Under Armour’s partner gyms, and an exclusive invitation to the WOMEN OF WILL event, with 10% of sale proceeds channeled to the Singapore Breast Cancer Foundation.
When: Saturday 7 November 2015, 3.30pm – 9.00pm
Where: Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905
How much: Spend $120 to get access to the event
Designer Ralph Lauren has been personally supporting Breast Cancer awareness and research for more than 20 years, and 15 years ago launched his first ‘Pink Pony’ collection (and with it the global trend in pink attire during October). The 2015 collection includes stylish lounge and athletic wear, and, for the first time, two different drawstring bags. In Singapore 25% of proceeds from sales of Pink Pony apparel and 50% of proceeds from the Pink Pony ‘Ricky’ Drawstring bag will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Pink Pony items are available both in stores and at www.ralphlauren.com.
Accessories available at:
Ralph Lauren Marina Bay Sands, #B1-72, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972, Tel: (+65) 6688 7161
Apparel available at:
Polo Ralph Lauren Shaw Centre, #01-01/02/03 & #02-01/02/03, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208, Tel: (+65) 6735 2438
Lazada Loves Pink
We love scoring us some deals at online shopping haven Lazada, and that’s doubly so during the month of October, when 50 cents from every purchase from the ‘Lazada Loves Pink’ collection goes toward supporting the Singapore Cancer Society. With over delightful 100 items from cosmetics, to luggage, to watches, to bowties (because why should men miss out on the fun?), it’s easy to help do your part, mama.
Pink Hair for Hope
Couture salon Hairdreams wants to help you show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness month with its “Pink Hair for Hope hair creation package”, which includes application of pink stripes to your hair, wash, blow dry and subsequent removal. The package costs $80, with 20% of proceeds donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation, but women who make a $500 donation will receive the “Pink Hair for Hope” hair creation for free. They’ll also have a pop-up salon tent at the Pink Ribbon Walk on 3 October!
Hairdreams, 51 Cuppage Road, #01-09, Singapore 229469, Tel: (+65) 6653 5500, www.hairdreams.com.sg
If pink’s not your colour, mama, consider making a donation to a charity that supports medical research or current cancer patients, including the Breast Cancer Foundation, the Singapore Cancer Society, or the National Cancer Centre Singapore’s Research and Community Cancer Funds. We are so close to beating Breast Cancer, but we’re not there yet!