CMD turn campus pink for charity

The Classical and Modern Dance (CMD) club have turned week 8 into ‘Pink Week’, with a whole range of special activities and events planned, all in order to raise money for the charity Breast Cancer Care. The UK wide organisation provides specialist support and information for those affected by breast cancer, and the club have set up a Just Giving page, and will also be fundraising on the piazza and on campus.

CMD have events planned for every single day of the week, and their piazza stall will be ever present throughout, between the hours of 10.00 and 16.30. A variety of items will be on sale here, from pin badges to face paint, and there are also some prizes to be won in different games and competitions. The stall will also act as the club’s hub throughout the week, as it’s here where you’ll be able to find more information on the week, and also the charity that the money is being raised for.

Speaking before the week had begun, club President Lucy Jetha, and Vice-President Emily Vincent, outlined that their intention is to break the 2,300 that the club had raised last year. “We have lots of activities planned to help us beat this”, Lucy said, “from a Dancehall workshop on Monday to our annual Pink Ball on the Tuesday.” “Everybody on the exec is also going to give up one of their favourite things for the entire week”, Emily added, “and we’re being sponsored to that from our Just Giving page, so hopefully that will increase the total!”

There are also further activities planned for the end of the week, the highlight of which would appear to be the Jazz performances on the piazza on Thursday, at 13.30 and 14.30. On that day there will also be a second hand clothes sale in the atrium, and a generous donation from a dancewear company means that there will also be some very cheap new clothing that can be bought. Pink t-shirts will also be on sale throughout the week, and these double up as entry to Pop! on Wednesday, when the club will be staging a special charity circle.

Emily admitted that one of the best things about the week was the fact that every club member can get involved, whilst Lucy added that “it’s a great week because there’s opportunities for everyone in the club to take part, and not just the exec. Obviously the piazza stall is a big draw, and there’s lots of opportunities for freshers to get involved. Plus anybody can come to the stall and offer to help out, not just club members”.

As with the Let’s Dance show, a great amount of planning has gone into the week, and the club has been very active planning and promoting Pink Week. “We recently had a large photoshoot where everybody posed for photos with facts about breast cancer on them, and lots of people have made these their profile pictures on Facebook”, Emily said. “That’s great because it obviously raises awareness of the charity.”

Special pink t-shirts will be on sale throughout the week

The club are very proud of their charity work and Emily admitted that “engaging with the charity is what is most important, and we’ve been sent a lot of leaflets and things to make sure that we all know a lot of information about the organisation.” Lucy also spoke about how the club were determined to continue raising money that will fight against breast cancer, so although the charity that money is being raised for has changed, the end goal remains the same.

To support the charity work of the club, you can donate money at any of the events throughout the week, or you can donate online here.


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