What to do for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Elle Magazine

October is international breast cancer awareness month. According to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) breast cancer is the most common cancer among South African women, however, a diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence if it is detected early enough.

Get involved and make a difference by supporting these organisations or joining a breast cancer event this month.

Blackberry Pink Polo


Watch this classy sport at the stunning Val de Vie Estate on 26 October. Choose between three different packages:

1. Pink Polo Market: get the full market experience by choosing from a selection of delicious foods and soaking up live music performances.

2. Tailgating: park your car next to the polo field and enjoy the service of a butler for the day.

3. Pink Polo Pavilion: General access to the Polo Pavilion, which includes high tea, an arrival drink, best-dressed competitions, lucky draws, a fashion show, pop-up stores and a gift bag.

Find out more: valdevie.co.za

Cancer Buddies

At Cancer Buddies, survivors become mentors to individuals who have just been diagnosed. As the mentors and mentees are paired according to age, types of cancer and background they form close relationships that gives cancer patients some much-needed support as they go through their treatment.

Support them: cancerbuddies.org.za

Journey of Hope

Journey of Hope is made up of 15 daring breast cancer survivors who travel the country on Honda motorcycles in aid of breast cancer awareness. The ladies give educational talks and raise funds while they travel.

Support them: journeyofhope.co.za

Breast Cancer Walkathon

Avon Justine iThemba Crusade of Hope Breast Cancer Walkathon

On Sunday 27 October, the Avon Justine iThemba Crusade of Hope Breast Cancer Walkathon takes place in Emmarentia, Joburg. Participants can choose to either take part in the 5km or 8km walk and enjoy a fun array of festivities at the finish line.

Support them: bosombuddies.cfsites.org

Pink Drive

This organisation gives free mammograms and clinical breast exams to individuals who do not have medical aid. Their pink mobile mammography units travel across the country to diagnose and educate women about breast cancer.

During the month of October, the women’s health club, Curves, will donate R100 for every new member who joins their club. Proceeds from the lanyards, key rings and T-shirts they sell will also go to the Pink Drive.

Join the Pink Tie Dinner Dance on 11 October at Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng if a classy evening is more your thing.

Support them: pinkdrive.co.za

Pink Hair Show You Care

Join brand ambassadors Cindy Nell-Roberts, Karlien Van Jaarsveld, Tamara Dey, Jeannie D and Melinda Bam by wearing pink Great Lengths 100% natural human hair extensions.

Great Lengths, in conjunction with CANSA is donating the profit from the sales of pink hair extensions for the month of October. Visit one of over 250 Great Lengths partner salons countrywide to have your pink extensions attached. The pink extension will cost R100.00.

For more information contact derek@greatlengths.co.za visit greatlengths.co.za

The Twelve Apostles Hotel’s Pink High Tea

Enjoy the classiest high tea in town while supporting a good cause. The Pink High Tea at The Twelve Apostles Leopard Bar takes place every day throughout October for only R145 and R10 of each tea stand sold will be donated to CANSA.

At the high tea you will be welcomed with a glass of pink bubbles and enjoy a delectable array of savoury and sweet treats.

To make a reservation contact: 021 437 9029 or restaurants@12apostles.co.za

Host a Cuppa

le creuset host a cuppa for cansa

Le Creuset has joined forces with CANSA to Host-a-cuppa for CANSA. ‘Host a Cuppa’ is about family, friends, survivors and acquaintances getting together to host a tea party and ask guests to make a donation to CANSA.

Le Creuset is giving the most creative tea parties a chance to win one of three Le Creuset Hampers, valued at R1 000 each. The most inspirational and inspiring tea party event will win a R10 000 Le Creuset Shopping Spree.

All you need to do is submit your photos and story to cuppa@lecreuset.co.za. Entries must be sent before 31 October 2013.

For some inspiration and ideas visit cuppaforcansa.org.za