By: Alexandra Dunstan (Lampeter Campus Women's Liberation Officer)
Friday 16th November 2018
This October marked Breast Cancer Awareness month, so together with the SU, we decided to Wear It Pink.
Wear It Pink is an event hosted by Breast Cancer Now to help raise money and awareness for tackling breast cancer. Their main focus is a Wear It Pink day held this year on the 19th of the month. The idea behind this is to encourage people to wear pink in support of battling breast cancer, and as a result, raise more money and awareness. We decided to run with this pink theme, turning our fundraising efforts into a three day event, ending on the 19th.
Our first event was the Wear It Pink Quiz. With the help of Old Bar we were able to host not one, but two events in the bar over the course of the three days. The quiz was the first of which, completely themed around the colour pink. We had an amazing turn out, as we all love a quiz in Lampeter it seems. The winners of this quiz received a cocktail pitcher courtesy of Old Bar. This was also the first event at which people were able to buy raffle tickets. Thanks to the amazing involvement of the local businesses around town we were able to give some amazing prizes including vouchers for restaurants and some amazing chocolates. The raffle tickets were again available at the bar the next night at our Drink It Pink. At this event, which was again held at Old Bar, our theme for our drinks that night was… you guessed it, pink.
Friday was our main event. We were able to hold a bake sale in 1822 and this was the day we were hoping to raise the most money. Through selling baked goods donating to us by students and pushing raffle tickets we were hoping this would get people the most involved. Everyone loves cake. We also had amazing student volunteers to help man the stall. Within half an hour we had sold out of some of what we had to offer. We didn’t charge specific amounts for the baked goods we were selling and rather asked simply for donations. We were extremely lucky that some people donated way more than we had ever expected. The table was almost empty by the end of our three hour stay and we’d even had to buy more raffle tickets. We received an immense amount of support from students and staff, so many of whom contributed not just with their money but by also directing others to our stall.
At the end of it all, once everyone had received their raffle prizes and everyone was filled up on cheese scones and cupcakes, it was time to count how much we had raised. Incredibly, we had all raised a total of £278. This was more than I could’ve hoped for and I would like to thank all of those who got involved in one way or another. Together we have taken one step closer to beating breast cancer and it wouldn’t have been possible without the staff and volunteers and most importantly those who donated.
Thank you all so much!