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Students join cause

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, October 04, 2012

SECONDARY school students took part in a breast cancer awareness workshop on Tuesday co-ordinated by Fiji Cancer Society president Marilyn Curtis.

The students, who are part of the Fiji Police Force's Blue Light Fiji initiative, showed interest in all aspects of cancer and organised the workshop as a joint project between the police and the society.

Held in Suva, the workshop saw the participation of 12 schools including Marist Brothers' High School, Suva Grammar School, Cathedral Secondary School and John Wesley College.

Mrs Curtis, a cancer survivor, said the feedback from the workshop and the students' willingness to learn about cancer were very positive. "The workshop was really great. I met these kids through their volunteer work. They'd volunteered to help me put up posters for the cancer society and then gained interest in it," Mrs Curtis said.

Sergeant Shobna Sharma said the students' initiative to gain knowledge on the subject was inspiring

"It gave us the opportunity to provide them with accurate information, not only on breast cancer, but all aspects of cancer," she said. "This way, they know what they're talking about to some degree."

The workshop, although centred around breast cancer, also delved into the different ways cancer affects loved ones — from basic knowledge of the disease to how to support patients.

It is part of Fiji Cancer Society's Pinktober theme for this month, highlighting and raising awareness of people living with breast cancer in Fiji.

Apart from this initiative, the society is hosting its famous Bra Art Competition on the 15th of this month to be followed by the judging on the 19th.

Meanwhile, a month of partying is beingh planned for this month at the hard Rock Cafe at Denarau.