BSB Raises 2,168 euros for Breast Cancer Research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease, which is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of death among women.

The British School of Barcelona joined the cause by running a Pink Out Day on Friday, 26th October. Students and staff were invited to wear at least one pink item and make a donation for breast cancer research. This activity was run by the members of the CAS Committee, a group of BSB Nexus Pre-University students, who also held assemblies for younger students to share information about the disease and the urge for further scientific research.

The BSB campaign raised 2,168 euros. The funds will be donated to GEICAM, the leading academic group in clinical, epidemiological and translational breast cancer research in Spain.

  • Olivia:
    I would like to study Biomedical Sciences in university (…) A lot of people are affected negatively by cancer worldwide, and a cure for cancer is a fantasy in today’s society. I want to change that, and help make a cure for cancer a reality. (…) All the hard work we put into this project really paid off. We also thank everybody who participated in this project and helped make it as successful as it was.”

 

  • Anna:
    “I want to study medicine in the future and specialise in paediatrics or anaesthesia (…) I hope that with this medicinal charity event it will help us stand out more in our university applications from other students. (…) In Primary especially, some children came in full pink and it was heart-warming how much they cared. (…)
    We are very happy with the results of this charity event, we have raised over 2,000 euros for GEICAM. (…) We hope we can turn this into an annual event the school does and become official partners with GEICAM.”

 

Read the full testimonials:

Olivia

“In the future, I would like to study Biomedical Sciences in university, and possibly go on to research diseases and possible cures for them, as well as carrying out the research necessary for medical advancements. A lot of people are affected negatively by cancer worldwide, and a cure for cancer is a fantasy in today’s society. I want to change that, and help make a cure for cancer a reality.

Whilst I was looking at organisations that worked to change the way we view cancer, I came across GEICAM. I liked what they stood for, I agreed with their projects and aims for the future, and I wanted to help them. I called them and asked them for more information about their organisation, and during that call, I ended up with the desire to aid them in the achievement of their goals. We decided, during that same call, that we could organise a fundraising event in our school, and give them the proceeds so that they can fund the clinical research that the government will not always help them carry out. Hence the Pink Out Day.

Pink is the colour for breast cancer awareness, and it only seemed suitable to have a fundraising event themed around what we were trying to accomplish with the funds that we raise. Regular non-school uniform days are unoriginal and easy, which is why I wanted to add a bit of a twist and a challenge: have as many people as possible wearing pink. I also got to making pink ribbons out of ribbon and safety pins with Anna, and selling them to help increase funds, selling them for 1 and 2 euros each, and many people had their ribbon become their item of pink.

All the hard work we put into this project really paid off, and we have raised more money than we could imagine to help GEICAM and their good cause. We also thank everybody who participated in this project and helped make it as successful as it was.”

 

Anna:

“There are two main reasons why I wanted to do this project; I want to study medicine in the future and specialise in paediatrics or anaesthesia and I thought it would be a fun thing to work on in my free time with my friends. I hope that with this medicinal charity event it will help us stand out more in our university applications from other students.

We came across the organisation GEICAM which has a main centre in Madrid but they have hospitals all over Spain. When we did further research on GEICAM we found out they are trying to find alternative hormone treatments for breast cancer or a less toxic treatment and aim to have the chance of survival above the current figure: 80%.

After making some calls and emailing them we decided to set up a fundraising event in our school where we would sell the ribbons we made and collect money from the non-school uniform. To make it more fun for the younger children, we decided to call the day PINK OUT, during this day we decided people had to wear at least one item of visible pink due to pink being the international colour for breast cancer awareness. In Primary especially, some children came in full pink and it was heart-warming how much they cared. We made two types of pins, some thin light pink ones that we sold for 1 euro and then some hot pink bigger ones that we sold for 2 euros.

We are very happy with the results of this charity event, we have raised over 2,000 euros for GEICAM. It was very fun spending our afternoons making pins and attending assemblies with Primary and Secondary sharing the information. One of the best experiences was GEICAM sending over one of their employees to teach other students what their organisation did. We hope we can turn this into an annual event the school does and become official partners with GEICAM.”

 

About GEICAM

GEICAM is a scientific association of public interest established in 1995 and also works as a non-profit private foundation since 2009.

Having been active for more than 20 years, GEICAM has become the leading academic group in clinical, epidemiological and translational breast cancer research in Spain. It is also highly recognized at an international level.

More information at: www.geicam.org/