September is the internationally recognised month for Childhood Cancer Awareness and the colour ‘gold’ is the symbol for the month. During September we’ll be more focused than ever on helping raise awareness of the vital need for more funding for research into the causes, treatment and diagnosis of childhood cancer.
Compared to 50 years ago, today more than 80 per cent of children with cancer can be successfully treated. However, cancer still claims the lives of around 250 children every year in the UK. And the children who survive may be left with serious health and developmental problems as a result of the intensive treatments used when young bodies are still growing.
To mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’re asking our supporters to ‘Go Gold’ by taking part in one or more of the fundraising ideas below. Most childhood cancers are very different from adult forms of the disease and the outlook for children is not the same as that for adults. This month is all about raising awareness of childhood cancer and helping people understand the vital need for dedicated funding for children’s cancer research.
Please get involved this September and support the Friends of Rosie Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
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G – Get Creative
Whether you’re involved in a school, nursery, children’s group, or you’re a parent with children to occupy at home, this September, get your children to draw a picture that demonstrates courage, strength and caring – the three things that all children and families fighting battles with cancer need.
Just send your images to us by Monday 26th September using the details below and we’ll announce the winning image on Friday 30th September.
The winning image will be used by Friends of Rosie to help raise further awareness for childhood cancer research on our website, social media pages, on charity merchandise, and at future fundraising events. It will become a key symbol for our charity.
The winner will also receive artwork supplies and a framed print of their winning picture. Those children whose pictures are shortlisted will all receive a certificate of appreciation.
By post: Friends of Rosie, 7 Northesk St, Stone, Staffs, ST15 8EP
By email: just scan in the picture or take a photo of it and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re able, please donate £2 to help us raise more funds for research by texting GOLD05 £2 to 70070.
O – On your marks
Get set, go gold! Get active during September to help children with cancer. You could organise your own sponsored fun run, bike ride or swim at your workplace or school or with your friends and family.
Whether it’s a challenge on a stationary bike, a fun five-a-side game, or a set of physical challenges in your sports hall – there’s lots you could do to get moving in September. Or you could sign up for a local organised event and fundraise for Friends of Rosie.
Getting moving for those who can’t. Contact us now for sponsorship forms and to let us know what events you’re planning.
L – Let’s eat cake
The Great British Bake Off is back and whether your speciality is a well baked Victoria sponge, or you’re more of a carrot cake kinda guy or gal, you can’t go too far wrong with a fundraising bake-off. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even add a bit of golden glamour for Childhood Cancer Awareness month with a sprinkling of golden edible glitter or a flutter of gold leaf decoration.
Make it free to enter and after judging, the cakes can be sold to your friends and colleagues to help raise funds. The winning prize is that warm sense of satisfaction that you’re the best baker of the bunch!
Just get in touch if you’d like promotional materials for your bake-off. And remember to send us your pics so we can show off your culinary skills to the world on our website!
D – Dress down or dress gold day
At work or at your school, why not hold a dress down or non-uniform day for #CCAM. And if you’re feeling more adventurous, how about adding a bit of gold to your outfit to help promote childhood cancer awareness. Any shade of gold, mustard or yellow will do or even some glammed up gold nail varnish. Ask people to donate £1 to take part with all money raised going directly to help fund childhood cancer research.
We’d love to hear what you’re planning to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we’re hear to help in anyway we can so please just get in touch if you need posters or promotional items.
Join us and go gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.