AT TAYLOR'S: Amy Capstick (capstick.a@gardenschool.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (info@breastcancer.org.my)
Garden International School (GIS) was transformed into a sea of pink as students, teachers and parents rallied to raise awareness of breast cancer. Pink Day and Pink Walk is the annual event of GIS aiming to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Welfare Association of Malaysia (BCWA).

Pink Day
On 20th January 2015, students and teachers were asked to come to school in their brightest, most dazzling pink outfit and give a suggested minimum donation of RM5. All donations went directly to BCWA. The day started with the ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’ morning exercise session. There was also a representative from BCWA, speaking about breast health awareness, and a nutritionist in the Grand Hall from 8.00am until 9.30am. A light, healthy breakfast will be provided as well as tea and coffee.

With the help of class representatives and parent volunteers, all students were involved in making or decorating healthy goodies or items in the pink theme that were sold for Pink Sale. Students were encouraged to buy one item at the Pink Sale, at a cost of RM5, as a way of raising funds for the BCWA.

Pink Day Workshop is an informative workshop led by nurses from the BCWA was held in school to educate women on good breast health practices. Approximately 20 parents who attended the workshop raised many questions. The workshop team cleared many misconceptions and provided answers and advice to attendees.

Pink Walk
Every year, GIS families participate in the Pink Walk to raise funds for breast health awareness. This annual walk for six years in remembrance of a dear GIS colleague, Arielle Foss-Ellis. Arielle who worked at GIS for over 10 years as Head of the EAL department, was a devoted wife to Steve Ellis (Head of Sixth Form) and wonderful mother to her 2 teenaged daughters Chloe and Maya Ellis, she bravely fought breast cancer for six years before sadly losing her fight in 2011. 

This year saw a healthy turnout of approximately 60 participants at the Bukit Kiara Hill, Changkat Abang Haji Openg at Taman Tun Dr Ismail on 25th January 2015. Sunday morning with light cloud cover was perfect for our enthusiastic walkers. The event kicked off with warm up exercises led by an instructor from First Fitness. The walk took an hour to complete and our families had a great time walking for a worthy cause.

Representatives from BCWA were also present at the event day to share information on breast health. The MURNI, the Mobile Unit Reaching Nationwide with Information, also provided a Clinical Breast Examination service for all to use. There was also a donation box on the day for those who wished to contribute as well as an opportunity to buy a dedication note to pin on their shirt to say who they were walking for. The main focus was for them to walk together, united in their focus and their pink attire.

For more information of the Pink Celebration event please contact Amy Capstick (capstick.a@gardenschool.edu.my) or Shamsiah Ismail (shamsiah.i@gardenschool.edu.my)

Written by Amelia Ooi