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Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:21

Rugby: Hilton College Adopts PinkDrive

This year, the match between Hilton College and Michaelhouse will be a little bit different due to the work of two students from Hilton College, Matthew Holding and Michael Salgado.

 hiltonpDeciding to take up the PinkDrive mantle, the two boys convinced the two schools to support breast cancer awareness by showing their pink sides during their matchup on the 27th of April 2013. Team members from each school will be sporting pink armbands during their rugby and hockey fixtures in support for the fight against breast cancer. An anticipated 6000 people will be in attendance for this battle of titans.

“Hilton College is closely connected to its surrounding communities and has a responsibility to give back. Certainly, as an all boys’ boarding school, an important group to support is our women. What better way to do this than to go pink for breast cancer. This disease impacts upon the lives of everyone, influencing families through mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts and grandmothers.

“When I originally came up with the concept, there were two things that spurred on the idea. Firstly, I wanted to do something of significance for the school in my final year and secondly, and more importantly, I wanted to link this to a charitable cause. I think that as an all boys boarding school, so caught up in "all things male", one group we often forget to support is our women. And what better battle to stand behind them against is the battle against breast cancer, which is South Africa’s second largest cause of death in women. Sport has always been used as a platform to promote awareness, and when considering a platform the Hilton/Michaelhouse day was an obvious choice, simply for its size and reputation. After consulting with Michael, we approached the boys who took to the idea fantastically, and thus the Black.White.Pink initiative was born. Michaelhouse was equally enthusiastic and I realised getting even more schools involved could bring the entire Midlands school community together for breast cancer. That's why I approached the girls’ schools as well, whose students are essentially the ones we are supporting,” says Matthew Holding.

Peter Ducasse, Headmaster of Hilton College, is fully behind this initiative, saying, “Breast cancer has impacted the lives of countless families associated with our two great schools.  I am, therefore, delighted that the boys have chosen to publicly support of this very worthy cause.”

PinkDrive will be at the event on Saturday to support the boys and raise funds. The PinkDrive Shop4Cancer stall will be selling their wares and 10 to 15 volunteers from the girls’ schools will be spraying hair pink for donations. Should pink hair not be for you, there will be glitter tattoos, cook books and a raffle. All the proceeds go towards keeping our Mobile Breast Check Units on the road.

Organised by Matthew and Michael, girls from St Anne's Diocesan College, Epworth Independent High School for Girls, St. John's Diocesan School for Girlsand the Wykeham Collegiate will be attending talk sessions at each of the schools on Thursday and Friday. PinkDrive nurse, Liz Labuschagne, will be presenting the talks at the four of the girls’ schools based in the Midlands. The aim of these talks is to educate young women about breast health, the symptoms associated with breast cancer and what PinkDrive does for communities across South Africa.  

“It is an amazing thing to see youngsters, especially young men, taking an interest in promoting breast cancer awareness. We would like to thank all the boys from Hilton College and Michaelhouse for taking a stand and encouraging other schools to do so as well. It is our hope that more schools do the same and spread the message that is our motto: Early Detection Saves Lives,” says Noelene Kotschan, Founder and Director of PinkDrive.

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