Youth cancer charity CanTeen today officially announces it’s widely renowned annual campaign – National Bandanna Day. Set to take place on Friday, October 31, this year marks 20 years of National Bandanna Day.
Every year, another 23,000 young people have to deal with the challenge of cancer, whether it’s their own diagnosis or their parent, brother or sister. CanTeen believes that no young person should face cancer alone. Since National Bandanna Day started 20 years ago in 1994, over $30 million has been raised through the sale of over 5.5 million bandannas and donations. With these funds, CanTeen has provided more than 60,000 opportunities for young people affected by cancer to meet and support each other, share their cancer experiences and have a lot of fun.
This year, CanTeen aims to raise $1.1 million to continue providing life-changing support to young people affected by cancer. The funds will go towards programs and services to help young people cope with the physical, emotional and practical impact of living with cancer including specialist hospital care, counselling, peer support programs and much more.
“For 20 years, young people at CanTeen have been wearing bandannas to show they’re fighting cancer together. Join the fight this National Bandanna Day and raise vital funds to help CanTeen continue to support young people when cancer turns their world upside down,” said CanTeen CEO Peter Orchard.
Along with the sale of bandannas around the country, this year National Bandanna Day encourages people from all around the country to “Dare To Be Brave”. The courageousness that young people affected by cancer show every day of their lives is extremely inspiring. To show your support, CanTeen asks you to be brave. Whether you’re afraid of heights, spiders, singing and dancing in public or you simply need a reason to give up coffee for a week, do it to celebrate National Bandanna Day. Post your experience online to motivate your friends and family to face their fears and encourage them to support the cause by donating.