Pink day, sickness hosted by the UCD Students’ Union in association with the Irish Cancer Society, is taking place on 27th September. The Students’ Union have been involved in fundraising for other charitable organisations such as the Marie Keating foundation and this year chose to create awareness about breast cancer.

UCDSU Gender Equality coordinator, Ciara Johnson, described the day by saying, “Pink day is a day that brings attention to female health issues whilst at the same time raising money for such a deserving cause – the Irish Cancer Society.” As October is breast cancer awareness month UCDSU have decided to continue in their support for the Irish cancer society for the second year in a row.

While the aim of the day is to give students a greater understanding of breast cancer, another endeavor of UCDSU is to make the day enjoyable for students. “We want the day to be enjoyable and fun but also to get female students thinking about their health and to always be proactive about looking after ourselves,” said Johnson.

A bucket collection for the Irish cancer society will begin at 8am until 2pm and will take place all around campus. The ‘Pink Breakfast’ will be open to students from 10am until Midday in the Student centre while a duvet day will be organised for the day in the Blue room. Lunchtime will see the Students Union linking up with Trad Soc for a Traditional Music session to be held in the music centre.

An information stand will be in place all day in the Student Centre. UCDSU Welfare officer, Mícheál Gallagher, says that promotion of cancer awareness is essential, “It’s important that women are aware of the female health issues that can develop and check themselves regularly.”

– Peter Hamilton