A group of Factreton women over the age of 70 came together recently to raise awareness of breast cancer in their community in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Month.The group of 17 women, called the Darby and Joan Club, which is led by Unity Williams, held a fundraising event for the Breast Care Foundation at Factreton Civic Centre on Wednesday. About a hundred women from around the area supported the event. They managed to raise R4300 of the targeted R5000 by selling entry tickets and snacks and beverages at the event. The organisers say they appreciate the support shown by community members. A representative of the Breast Care Foundation based in Bridgetown are also attended the event and educated the women on cancer. Williams says it was good to see that the community is interested in educational programmes on health and made a financial contribution. She says the club members saw the need to play a role in educating people.Johanna Papier, a community member, says she was happy to be a part of the fundraising event because she learned a lot from it. She says she did not know how to examine herself or the signs of breast cancer, but now that the foundation has educated her, she will start checking herself and live a healthy lifestyle. Papier says she has a friend living with cancer and by supporting these kinds of awareness events she hopes survivors will realise that cancer is not a death sentence.Marry Wilson says she supported the awareness event because she knows many people who have lost loved ones to cancer and a few who are living with it. She says those people need all the support they can get and you must be grateful if you are not affected by cancer. The club usually meets every Thursday at 14:00 at the civic centre to empower each other. At the meetings the seniors do various activities, including physical exercise, crafts and organising getaways and trips.Lydia Alexander, CEO of the foundation, says: “We met Williams at a previous awareness talk at a church breakfast in Factreton. She then contacted us to do a breast cancer awareness talk. With the donation that we will receive from the club we will assist less fortunate cancer survivors with a food parcel and prosthesis.”She says communities should have more awareness talks in their areas and take the initiative to educate children on the causes and symptoms of cancer and to promote healthy eating. She says parents can even take their children with them to awareness events. “The Breast Care Foundation is trying to carry out a message to the communities that everyone should help each other – financially, emotionally and physically. We are trying to make people aware of what is going on around us and how we can all make a difference. All we ask of communities is to try to open their hearts to the less fortunate,” Alexander says.