I felt compelled to share something with you and perhaps have a little rant…
The other evening one of my lovely clients who follows my Facebook page and blog contacted me with a gorgeous picture of herself shown below and sent me this message;
‘Hiya Claire! I hope your keeping well!! I just thought I would let you know that us Cornish girls are doing bangers to breast cancer (wearing a bra with a sign of how to donate then nominating three other girls to do the same) and mine is for you in mind!! I think you’re so brave and a massive inspiration to me!! I really admire you!! So far the girls have raised just over £2,500!’
I posted the image online and thought what a lovely idea and great way of raising funds. As for Michelle I didn’t know her background but it started as a rumour that it was in response to the silly craze that had started known as neck nominate where an individual downs a drink and then nominates friends to do the same. Michelle and her friend Vicky decided that they ‘could carry on this idea of “Neck Nominating” and put it to some good.’ As soon as the newspapers got hold of this they named it ‘Nip Nominate’. Let’s not take away the good will that these girls have tried to emulate.
Since then I have noticed newspaper articles spreading the word and sadly also slating the girls for sexualising breasts and belittling canSer.
Here are two articles from well known newspapers;
Someone raised the article above on my Facebook page and this was my response;
‘The main point from Daisy the Journo being supported by the phrase “If I had a mastectomy”. She hasn’t I have and once again, the focus is on appearance not life and love. Sadly she has missed the point that the physical may be enabling the message to spread but behind that and what really gives canSer suffers strength and for whatever motive that may be, is another lady showing love. Someone doing something to show that they care and if that raises awareness and especially if that support a clinicians research by attracting donations then “As I have had a mastectomy” and more importantly am still loving life and working for my miracle then this support does not “belittle” it warms and motivates me. Maybe Daisy should have asked rather than writing vicariously and maybe she would have known that some of the ladies in those pictures are personal friends of mine putting social networking to good use. Light and love x’
There have even been posts of people stating that it is offensive to those who have had breast canSer and mastectomies.
Who would be offended by this? And why? The girls have started a great viral campaign. No matter what I think or anyone else thinks controversy means it is getting noticed and if that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer charities then who cares, right?
So far the campaign has risen over £4000 on the girl’s just giving page. This is incredible and they want to raise £50,000. That’s simply by girls donating just a few pounds and getting other women and men to do the same. You don’t have to wear only a bra and expose your breasts. It quite clearly states on their page the following;
‘Take a pic, if you’re a bit shy put your BRA on over a T shirt (Male or Female), post it on Facebook and nominate 3 others or more; some have started asking everybody they know on Facebook. Don’t forget to donate.**** Also from now on can you please hold up a card with whatever message you want and no SWEARING please also no under16’s unless the BRA is on over some clothes*** Lets keep it sensible please. Raising money is what this is all about.’
I want to take a moment though to those of you that do find Bangers to Cancer offensive. How is this different to such charity initiatives as the Breakfast TV presenter Lorraine Kelly when she does the Moonwalk and every person wears only their bras? I don’t think that is sexualising the matter. However everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Whichever way you look at it, it has got us talking about it, arguing about it, having strong feelings about it and most of all, raising awareness and funds for it.
Well done ladies and keep up the good work!
To donate and continue their campaign please go to their Just Giving page and start posting and sharing on Facebook.
Text: ‘VMAM66 £2’ to ‘70070’ to donate two pounds to Bangers to Cancer