- October 14, 2016
- Posted by: Vikki Howells AM
- Category: Latest News
Local AM Vikki Howells is encouraging residents of the Cynon Valley to ‘think pink’ this October and support two important initiatives to help tackle the effects of breast cancer.
On October 14th, Vikki Howells AM joined organisations and businesses throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil in turning Cwm Taf pink for a day, to help raise funds for the creation of a breast cancer ‘centre of excellence’ in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.
A week later, on October 21st, the Cynon Valley AM will be supporting national charity Breast Cancer Now’s Wear it Pink event to raise awareness of breast cancer. The day will call on people from across the UK to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe to support the charity’s breast cancer research.
Vikki Howells AM said:
“Every year around 2,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Wales, and sadly nearly 600 people still lose their lives to the disease each year. Together, we must put a stop to this.
“Campaigners and Cwm Taf Health Board have gone the extra mile in encouraging local groups to support the campaign to raise funds to develop a specialist and state-of-the-art centre to treat people affected with breast cancer at the Royal Glamorgan.
“We all know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease, and it is good that the very best treatment services will be available on our doorstep from 2017.
“But the fight to tackle breast cancer doesn’t stop there. A week later, Breast Cancer Now will hold their 15th Wear it Pink event to raise funds to support their cutting-edge research so that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer lives.
“I am proud to support both excellent projects, and urge local people to think pink in October.”
For more information on Giving to Pink, or to make a donation to support the campaign to get a breast cancer ‘centre of excellence’ in Royal Glamorgan Hospital, please go to http://givingtopink.com/.
Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 21 October to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. For more information or to register, visit www.wearitpink.org.