Entrants of the Campus Ice Centre on Friday couldn’t miss the pink breast cancer display surrounded by a group of Durham College Hospitality and Tourism Management students also sporting pink with pride.
The Hospitality and Tourism Management students who organized the event worked in conjunction with the Campus ice Centre’s free skate.
They set up a table outside of the rink where they sold paper ribbons for donations, gave out pink pins and bracelets and served hot chocolate and cookies from Shagwell’s.
The team surpassed their fundraising goal of $100 and raised $266.60 for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.
“We agreed to do an event for breast cancer because October is breast cancer awareness month,” said the group leader Sydney Prentice.
Prentice has a pink breast cancer ribbon tattooed on the back of her neck in memory of her grandmother who passed away from the disease in 2002.
The Cancer Society of Canada estimated that 24,000 women would be diagnosed with cancer this year and of those nearly a quarter would not survive.
“It was Sydney’s idea to do the breast cancer event,” said group member Josh Langford. Although he has never known someone with breast cancer, his family and friends have been affected by other forms of cancer.
“I do still support the cause and have always been willing to support cancer charity,” he said.
The Breast Cancer Society of Canada puts the money directly toward patient focused research aimed at prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer patients, its website states.
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