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Leaflet - Pink Lady, Breast Cancer Awareness, circa 2005 Object Reg. No: HT 15701

Summary:
Paper Pink woman logo used at Bakers Delight stores circa 2005. These leaflets were used as part of a fundraising campaign by Bakers Delight to support Breast Cancer research; they were pinned up on the wall of stores when someone gave a donation to the Breast cancer fundraising tin. Bakers Delight also sold special Breast cancer 'pink' buns. This leaflet was given to the donor after making a donation at the Yarraville Bakers Delight in May 2005.

This campaign was part of a suite of successful marketing campaigns to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer in Australia in 2005. Other successful campaigns included the 'Field of Women Live in 2005' which saw 11,500 women - the same number diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year- form the shape of a woman, it was so popular that organisers were forced to turn people away. Another fundraiser involved AFL clubs signing pink Sherrin footballs, which were then auctioned on eBay.
Description:
Pink paper cut out in the shape of a woman.
Statement Of Significance:
This item represents the different methods and items used to raise awareness of and funds for breast cancer which affects most Australians either directly, through a positive diagnosis, or indirectly, having a family member, friend or colleague diagnosed with the disease.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women, in Australia there are approximately 11,700 new cases of breast cancer and 2,600 deaths each year. The risk of breast cancer increases with age, and one in every nine Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85.

Early detection is the best method of survival with the 5-year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer being 88.3% in 2006. Since the mid 1990s there has been an emphasis on raising awareness of breast cancer, the importance of early detection and risk factors which saw a 27% decrease in the number of women who lost their lives to breast cancer between 1994 and 1996.

The use of pink as a part of breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaigns is common, from the wearing of pink and selling of pink products, such as pink ribbons or pink bottled water, to larger events such as the field of women live, which saw 11,500 women wearing pink ponchos form the shape of a woman on the MCG. The use of funds raised via these initiatives goes towards prevention programs, support services and research.
Acquisition Information:
Collected from Dr Andrea Horvath - Museum Victoria Collections, Research & Exhibitions, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.50 cm (Width), 27.80 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: fundraising, badges, cancer awareness, cancer research
Themes this item is part of: Medical Ephemera Collection, Medicine in Society Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Public Health
Tertiary Classification: health campaigns
Distributor: Bakers Delight, Australia, circa 2005
Place & Date Used: Yarraville, Victoria, Australia, May 2005

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