Merchiston boys turn trees pink for cancer awareness

2014-10-17 00:00

IF you’re wondering why Merchiston preparatory school has gone pink, read on. The school has embarked on a cancer awareness drive sparking the attention of motorists using Bulwer Road and Boshoff Street.

The trees are covered in vivid pink wraps with some even sporting pink bras for breast cancer awareness.

Merchiston preparatory school director of marketing, Heather Kellen, told The Witness the pink drive will continue throughout October for cancer awareness month. “All the money that will be raised will go to the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa),” she said.

She added that many lives in the Merchiston family have been affected by this disease.

“We have partnered up with several companies on Bulwer Road to make this drive a success. We also encouraged our boys to put on their pink ribbons every day to school and compete wearing pink socks for cricket games,” she said.

Merchiston preparatory school head of department, Ramona Liebenberg, said the boys are very interested in the pink drive project.

“Particularly, the boys need to be aware that cancer is not only a women’s disease because men can also be affected,” she said.

“Pink wrappers and pink bras wrapped around trees are somehow a way of trying to create awareness and attract fundraisers to the drive, said Kellen. Liebenberg said the pink bras are not distasteful.

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