Written by Eu King Tan, Secretary of the KLASS Interact Club
Most of us will be familiar with Angelina Jolie, but did you know that back in 2013, she shocked the world and her fans by voluntarily having a mastectomy to prevent cancer because she had been found to have a specific BRCA1 mutation that results in a high risk of breast cancer. This can happen to any of us, even if you are a man!
According to the Breast Cancer Society of America, this year alone, there will be about 2,500 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed and about 440 men will be diagnosed. That is why we, the Alice Smith community, want to continue to enrich and to educate our students on general health and breast health issues, including early detection.
Every year, the Interact Club has supported the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia, in order for them to provide emotional, social and material support for individuals by providing wigs and financial support for reconstruction surgery. Helping may seem beyond our ability, but in reality we can all support individuals affected by breast cancer, and all of you have.
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the KLASS Interact Club organised a Breast Cancer Awareness Week from 26th - 30th October. On Monday, we raised more than RM 1,400 by selling BCWA T-shirts, wristbands, well-recognised pink ribbon pins and our latest addition: polka-dotted pink socks! On Tuesday, some students kindly brought in delicious cakes, pastries and biscuits and this brought in another RM1,800. The community service team of Interact Club also organised a face painting activity and students voted to have Mr. Rodway dressed-up in a tutu and a pink wig as sign of his support. The school community was also fortunate enough to have an external lecturer from BCWA come into school to talk about her experiences as a breast cancer survivor, the work of BCWA and how to minimise the chances of getting breast cancer.
The week ended with everyone showing their support for the cause by adding a touch of pink to their uniform (the Sixth Formers and the teaching staff looked dashing in pink!) All in all, it was an extremely successful week and we managed to raise almost RM 8,000. Thank you to everyone who has donated, participated and been involved. You have managed to make a difference!
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