Victoria University will turn pink on Wednesday 8 October as students and staff raise money to support breast cancer patients.
Organisers of VU’s Pink Day 2014 hope to better last year’s inaugural efforts when the VU community, together with the generous help of local businesses, raised $11,000 for the Cancer Council.
This year VU will donate to BreastWest, a charity that supports women in Melbourne’s west undergoing breast cancer treatment at Sunshine and Footscray Hospitals. Money raised will be used for vouchers for practical everyday items required by breast cancer sufferers such as wigs and mastectomy bras, child care, and transport to medical appointments, as well as for the purchase of vital medical equipment.
Footscray Park Campus will be the site for the main fundraising – a carnival of food stalls, music, raffles, a photo booth, a pitching competition, a fashion parade and a silent auction.
The auction will open online two weeks prior to the event and items to be won include:
- a football signed by the Western Bulldogs AFL team
- dolphin swim for two from Sea All Dolphin Swims
- a Moonee Valley Racing Club membership
- Kite Republic kite-surfing lessons for three
- Dracula’s Cabaret dinner tickets
- Ray-Ban sunglasses
- Campus travel voucher
- The Grid simulated racing voucher for four
- and much, much more.
Organisers have already received donations of about $5000 from VU students and staff, as well as from ADCO Constructions, the NAB, Nettleton Tribe, Nelson Alexander Real Estate and Rapid Removals.
Domino’s Pizza Maribyrnong will donate $1 for every pizza sold the following day to VU’s cause.
The VU Facilities Department, led by Angela Kennedy, has raised $1000 since the start of the year to support their colleague, breast-cancer survivor Renae Vojtek. Renae launched VU’s first Pink Ribbon Day last year and became its inaugural ambassador.
More about VU Pink Day 2014 and how to donate.