They could be called bosom buddies, but the staff and residents at a local not-for-profit aged care home who participated in a ‘pink day’ for breast cancer awareness this week just wanted to help a good cause by putting the fun into fundraising. As part of Mercy Place Mandurah’s awareness raising, staff members dyed their hair pink and held a morning tea to raise awareness as well as funds.
Mercy Place Mandurah Service Manager, Christina Venables, said residents and staff alike wanted to do something fun to provide an opportunity to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the illness in the community.
“A number of our staff and residents have been on their own breast cancer journey, or have had friends or family members who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, which remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer among WA women,” explains Ms Venables.
“Residents at Mercy Place Mandurah are always keen to join in with good causes, and we thought it would be a fun thing for staff to dye their hair pink to raise awareness for such an important issue, which is close to the hearts of many of our staff and residents.”
Breast cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in WA, where one in 10 women have a chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 75.
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