Six ways Hongkongers can support October's breast cancer awareness month
From walking around The Peak to dressing in pink, here are some ways to get involved and show your support for women with breast cancer
October is breast cancer awareness month and there are many ways to get involved and show your support for women with the disease.
The latest Hong Kong Registry statistics show that one in 17 women in Hong Kong has breast cancer, with more than 3,500 new breast cancer cases in 2012, a number which continues to rise. It’s the most common cancer among Hong Kong women, and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
By signing up for an event below or buying special pink products, you will help fund the patient care services provided by organisations such as Hong Kong Cancer Fund (HKCF) and Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF).
1. Karma Yoga class by Pure Yoga
When: Saturday, Oct 10, 3pm
Where: Pure Yoga The Centrium
What: A two-hour class led by instructor Wendy Wyvill that’s suitable for all levels. Each participant will be given a HKBCF Breast Health gift set and a complimentary yoga tank/bra top (HK$540 value) from Pure Apparel.
Cost: HK$300 minimum donation, supports HKBCF
How: Pre-registration required, details at pure-yoga.com
2. Pink Cooking Class by city’super
When: Oct 10, 13, 15 and 16
Where: Various city’super stores
What: Chef Charmaine Cheung will demonstrate three dishes in the 90-minute class: Pink Seafood Paella, Pink Prawns Salad in Raspberries, and Pink and Spicy Panna Cotta.
Cost: HK$495 per person per class, part of proceeds go towards HKCF
How: Call 2736 3866 to register
3. Pink Ride Challenge by Pure Fitness
When: Saturday, Oct 17, 10am
Where: Pure Fitness California Tower
What: A 70-minute indoor cycling class at Pure Fitness’ Immersive Studio.
Cost: HK$250 minimum donation, supports HKCF
How: Call 8200 0032 to reserve your spot and pure-fitness.com for details
4. Pink Walk for Breast Health by HKBCF
When: Sunday, Oct 18
Where: The Peak
What: A 3.5km fun walk that's been the flagship fundraising event for HKBCF for the past 10 years. Can't make the event? Then join the "Off Peak Pink Walk". Walk whenever and wherever you like – on a treadmill, to/from work, in a park on any day(s) in the month of October – and record the distance using a smartphone app or other devices and submit the evidence to the HKBCF. Off Peak Pink Walk participants need to walk at least 3.5km and donate a minimum of HK$300.
Cost: HK$350 minimum donation, supports HKBCF
How: Enroll at hkbcf.org/pinkwalk/2015/ by Oct 10
5. Dress Pink Day by HKCF
When: Friday, Oct 23
Where: Everywhere and anywhere
What: On this Friday, don’t just dress down, but clothe yourself in pink to show your support and raise funds for HKCF's free breast cancer care services, which include counselling, home care visits, funding support, and yoga and art therapy for patients. Organise a pink lunch, happy hour or best dressed competition at your workplace. Share your photos on social media and hashtag #cancerfundpink and #dresspinkday. HKCF offers a simple way to set up a fundraising page on their website.
Cost: Free. Donations of at least HK$100 will receive a pink shopping bag as well as special coupons for a number of Hong Kong’s hottest shopping and lifestyle brands.
How: Register at pink.cancer-fund.org or tel: 3667 6333
6. Shop for Pink by HKCF
When: Throughout October
Where: Various participating shops and services
What: Buy special pink products, ranging from fashion to lifestyle products, to dining and beauty services, and all or part of the proceeds (depending on the product or service) will go towards HKCF.
How: For a full listing of products and services on offer see pink.cancer-fund.org.
Here are some of our favourite Shop for Pink items:
Diane von Furstenberg Hanovar Love is Life Scarf (Limited edition)
HK$1,000 at DVF stores, tel: 2918 9238
All proceeds go towards HKCF
Hellolulu OTTILIE backpack
HK$898 at hellolulu.com, tel: 3118 2892
Ten per cent of proceeds go towards HKCF
Repetto Cendrillon Ballerina Flat Venus
HK$2,850 at repetto.com, tel: 2301 6003
Thirty per cent of proceeds go towards HKCF
Shanghai Tang Friendship Knot Bracelet
HK$980 at shanghaitang.com/cancer-fund-charity, tel: 2839 0824
Part of the proceeds go towards HKCF