Political leaders across Scotland have joined forces in support of women with breast cancer to encourage Scots to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser on Friday 20 October.
Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, Alex Rowley, Willie Rennie and Patrick Harvie modelled a collection of fabulous pink outfits as part of Breast Cancer Now’s annual wear it pink event in the Scottish Parliament today.
Back for the 16th year, wear it pink calls on thousands of people across the country to dig out their favourite, eye-catching pink clothes and accessories and to make a much-needed donation, to help Breast Cancer Now achieve its mission that by 2050 everybody who develops the disease will live.
Wear it pink has raised a staggering £30 million to fund world-class research into breast cancer.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“Breast cancer remains one of the most common cancers in Scotland and it continues to take lives. We must find a way to beat this disease.
“The Scottish Government will play its full part in making sure that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. To achieve this ambition all of us need to work together.
“By taking part in wear it pink we are united against breast cancer. This campaign will help fund Breast Cancer Now’s cutting-edge research – moving us closer to understanding breast cancer, preventing it, treating it and ultimately stopping it taking lives.”
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said:
“Right now breast cancer is at a tipping point. More women are surviving but even more are being diagnosed. Every year around 1,000 people still die from breast cancer in Scotland.
“By taking part in wear it pink you can help to fund cutting-edge research into finding new ways to help prevent, detect and treat this disease.
“It’s a privilege to be a part of this campaign.”
Alex Rowley, interim leader of the Scottish Labour Party, said:
“By supporting research we can make a real difference for people with breast cancer, both now and in the future.
“On Friday 20 October I’ll be pulling on some pink to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. It’s a simple ask that could save lives so I would like to urge others to join me and wear it pink.”
Patrick Harvie, Co-Convenor of the Scottish Green Party, said:
“Anyone can take part in wear it pink – at home, work, or at school. It’s an easy way to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research and to make a real difference to those affected by this disease.
“I’m proud to play a part in funding research that could stop this disease in its tracks.”
Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said:
“Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink is a great opportunity to get involved in raising awareness and generating vital funds for life-saving breast cancer research.
“It’s a great event that brings people together in the common goal of working towards stopping this awful disease.
“I’ll be supporting wear it pink on Friday 20 October and I hope that it will encourage others to get involved too.”
Breast Cancer Now’s Director for Scotland, Mary Allison, said:
“I would like to thank party leaders in Scotland for coming together again to support wear it pink.
“While huge progress has been made in improving survival, almost 1,000 women a year in Scotland still die from this disease. These women are not a statistic – they leave behind a huge void in the lives of those who have known and loved them. Breast cancer is a devastating disease that we must tackle together.
“By working collaboratively with strength, energy and conviction we will realise our ambition that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live.”
Wear it pink
Want to support Breast Cancer Now's live-saving research? Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 20 October