Along and Ain were very excited this morning as they can wear their favourite colour pink to go to school today. Raffles IS is having Breast Cancer Awareness Day and therefore invites all students to participate in a pink 'mufti day' (no school uniform) today as they are raising money for Breast Cancer Research.
Students who do so will be asked to donate AED 10 which will be given to cancer research in the UAE. For the ten dirham donation, they will get a pink frosted cupcake which Along, Ain and many other small kids in the world would love so much to eat.
As many of us know, October is observed as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). It is an annual international health campaign organised by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into the cause, prevention and cure for breast cancer. The campaign also offers information and supports to those affected by breast cancer as well as providing a platform for breast cancer charities to raise awareness of their work and of the disease. BCAM is also a prime opportunity to remind women to be breast aware for earlier detection.
Last night I asked Ain : Why do you have to wear pink tomorrow?
She answered : Teacher kata sebab cancer.
I asked again : What cancer? Who got cancer?
Innocently she replied : Haa...tak tauuuu. Tapi teacher kata pakai pink and blue jeans.
(kih kih kih...)
It's probably a bit too early for a seven-year-old to understand what a breast cancer is. But if the school or every organisation around is concerned enough by holding charity events relevant, somehow or rather it will make children curious and if it is held every year, sooner or later the children will understand and develop awareness in them for early detection. If not for they themselves, at least they can help remind their mothers, grandmothers, aunties and big sisters to do self breast exam. At a more advanced level, don't be surprised if your kids may even suggest to you mothers, grandmothers, aunties and sisters to go for a mammography screening for early detection of breast cancer.
Click here for other ways we can celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
p/s - Orang tua-tua kata, melentur buluh biar dari rebungnya...