How do you fancy a week of all things boobs, pink, creative and fun whilst raising money for local and national charities? Students at Sussex University have joined forces with local organisations including Pop Up Brighton to raise cash and awareness for breast cancer causes in a boob-tastic week of events in Brighton. Time to liberally apply your best glitter and dig out your favourite bra!
The fun-filled Pink Week will run from next Monday until next Sunday (6-12 March). Highlights include an all-female concert at a secret location presented by Sofar Sounds, an art-based club night focusing on all things glitter and nipples, and a day of boobalicious creative workshops at The Hope and Ruin.
Events will also be held at the Sussex University campus in Falmer so students can fundraise, engage in conversation about breast cancer, and most importantly learn how to check themselves for signs or symptoms. Students will be able to sample delicious pink cakes and cocktails all week long.
Although the illness seriously alters the lives of the 50,000 women and 350 men diagnosed each year in the UK, Pink Week spreads a positive and colourful message about our power to find a cure for breast cancer.
Speaking ahead of the events, Sussex Pink Week organiser Rachel Winton said: “Pink Week’s main goal is to raise awareness of breast cancer amongst young people. If people can take one thing from Pink Week, I hope it is the knowledge to check yourselves for signs and symptoms. Although our age group is not the most commonly affected, we strongly believe that by informing our generation, we are securing future generations.
“We are so excited for the events of Sussex Pink Week 2017 to unfold and I hope that our collaborations with these lovely local Brightonian organisations creates a platform for this knowledge and awareness to be heard and shared. Everybody we’ve come into contact with has been so kind, enthusiastic and willing to help and we can’t wait to see what Brighton has to offer Pink Week in the future.”
Funky t-shirts and a ‘boob-zine’ will also be on sale throughout the week, with all proceeds going to breast cancer charities.
Inspired by the activism of the late writer Dina Rabinovitch, Pink Week ran for the first time in Haberdashers’ Aske’s school in London in 2011, organised by her daughter Nina. Since then Pink Week has gone from strength to strength, launching at Clare College, Cambridge in 2014 and reaching many UK campuses and student cities by 2016 – Brighton included.
There are also some special offers up for grabs this year: Bluebird Tea Co. is giving away 200 free cups of pink lemonade tea on Monday morning in aid of the cause, and body-mod fans can get £10 off nipple piercings at Guru.