On Friday 16th October Steyning Sixth Form College held their annual fundraising event in aid of Breast Cancer Research, raising a fantastic £4098 for this very worthwhile cause. This forms part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month introduced in 1993 as a Worldwide Campaign by Evelyn Lauder of the Estee Lauder cosmetic family to help support people affected by the disease, raise funds for research and to increase awareness.
This charity fundraising day is co-ordinated each year by the Sixth Form College student Peer Educators and listeners and involves all Y7-13 students and staff across the school, who have joined together to wear as many items of pink clothing as possible.
The day of fundraising was launched with a ‘Pink Day Dance Spectacular’ where the Sixth Form College 1st and 2nd XI football teams, the rugby team and basketball team performed a special dance routine, and in aid of this special cause were seen, as never before, in pink clad outfits performing a dance medley. This event, now an annual tradition, was the highlight of the day, enhanced this year by the appearance of Mr Blatch, History teacher.
Mr Talbot, Director of Sport, said he was extremely proud of the commitment and zest shown by the sports team students in giving their time to such an important cause.
Head Girl Olivia Francis has plaits cut off for charity
The dance spectacular was specially choreographed by Poppy Brady and Maia Stables both A level Dance students ably assisted by AS Dance students Alice Evans, Caitlin Cheeseman, Anna Mosely, Milly Robinson, Maisie Ross-Talbot and Ciara Russell who have dedicated much of their time to the many dance rehearsals. Further performances were given at lunch time for Year 9-11 pupils.
Mrs Randall, Steyning Grammar School Assistant Head and Director of the Sixth Form College said: “Our admiration and thanks goes all of our performers who have worked tirelessly and willingly over the last month at lunch times to rehearse. Our students are a huge force for good in the wider community, promoting so many of the social skills that are central to our values at Steyning. “
All 528 Sixth Form Students were given a presentation produced by student Peer Educators and delivered as part of the Personal Health & Social Education Programme. The presentations covered current facts on risk factors, symptoms, detection, diagnosis and treatment for Breast Cancer as well as details of the Breast Cancer Campaign. This all forms a valuable part of encouraging Steyning students to ‘Be part of the Cure’.
Funds raised will also assist in funding local mammogram screening for early breast cancer detection. On the same day Steyning Grammar School Head Girl Olivia Francis in Y13 had her 45cm plaits cut off in aid of the Little Princess Trust, a Brighton based charity that make real hair wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy. Fellow students had nothing but admiration for Olivia who spoke eloquently about her decision to make her personal contribution and raise awareness of the Trusts work.
Earlier in the week the Sixth Form College netball team played a charity match against members of the football and rugby teams to raise additional monies to support teenagers with cancer in the locality.
In November this year the Sixth Form College, in conjunction with the local Rotary Interact Club, will be supporting ‘Movember’ to raise awareness of male cancers with male students and staff growing a moustache and making a pledge to donate to the cause.