Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to spread awareness about the disease that kills nearly 41,000 women each year. No matter your office budget, there are plenty of ways to raise breast cancer awareness in the workplace. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to engage the local community through educational events and fundraising challenges.
Ready to get started? Here’s 7 ideas to spread breast cancer awareness at your organization:
1. Wear a pink ribbon daily in October
At the beginning of the month, hand out pink ribbons to everyone in your office. Encourage your employees to wear it daily as a reminder and to keep conversation opportunities open about breast health. You can add a twist and the company can donate $1 for every employee that wears it. Each employee has the potential to raise $31 each for the month. This is one of the most simple breast cancer awareness month idea to get employees involved in the cause.
2. Hold a pink pumpkin contest
Aside from being Breast Cancer Awareness month, October is a prime time for fun fall activities. Have employees create their best breast cancer awareness pumpkin to showcase. Display pumpkins in the lobby (or even the local chamber of commerce office) with collection jars next to each one. The pumpkin with the most jar donations wins!
3. Share education
Beyond the Shock is a free resource,an online guide and app to better understand breast cancer. It’s an ideal resource for employees struggling with a breast cancer diagnosis. Users can also watch inspirational videos from breast cancer survivors sharing their stories.
Sharing these facts with your employees may save a life. Send them off in a newsletter, share this blog, or print a list to hang in the break room. The following facts are from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and American Cancer Society, which offer excellent resources to learn more about breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women worldwide
5. Casual Pink Friday
Let employees wear casual pink clothes or dress-down on Fridays. In order to participate, employees must make at least a donation of $1 each Friday.
6. Collect scarves and hats
Do you have an office full of givers? Take up a collection of brand-new scarves and hats to deliver to a local chemo center. Since many women lose their hair during treatment, a bright scarf or hat will make her day. Better yet, if any of your office staff enjoys knitting or crocheting, ask them if they’d be willing to make some hats.
7. Volunteer together
Giving time is just as good as giving money. There are numerous websites on the internet that post different breast cancer awareness volunteer opportunities. You can volunteer by participating in a breast cancer awareness walk like the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or Avon’s 39 Walk To End Breast Cancer. There are endless other volunteer opportunities to volunteer your time. Some volunteer opportunities are becoming a breast cancer mentor, organize a breast cancer support group, become a breast health educator or donate your hair for wigs. There are endless ways to volunteer your time.
No matter how your company leadership decides to acknowledge breast cancer awareness month, you’ll want employees to feel comfortable reaching out if they have questions. These ideas and activities are meant to be lighthearted while still spreading valuable information that can start the conversation — and save a life.
What will you do to spread breast cancer awareness in your office? Share below!
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