So thanks to all of you who supported me through September’s challenge, I have surpassed my goal of raising $200 for an innovation centre in Nepal through IWEN. And I think as a group we made our goal of raising $5000! Through yoga we have made history for these women in Nepal.
So now I am embracing the pink. Re-thinking the pink and bringing awareness to breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month and this year I am giving myself an even bigger and crazier challenge than doing yoga every day… I have joined in on the Unshaven Mavens action! What’s that you ask! Well, lol, it’s a bunch of ladies who decide not to shave their arm pits to raise money for Re-think breast cancer for the month of October. Read this from their website…
A MAVEN IS A TRUSTED EXPERT IN A PARTICULAR FIELD, WHO SEEKS TO PASS KNOWLEDGE ON TO OTHERS.
A WOMAN WHO PASSES ON SAID KNOWLEDGE THROUGH HUMOUR AND PERSONAL DISCOMFORT FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS.
From a deep rooted desire to help others and the belief that women can be just as self-deprecating as men, founders Amie Beausoleil and Malorie Bertrand created Unshaven Mavens – a quirky fundraising campaign.
Inspired by Mustaches for Kids, Unshaven Mavens’ light-hearted approach to breast cancer awareness hopes to create a lasting and memorable legacy that its participants and supporters can be proud of.
Unshaven Mavens grow their underarm hair for the entire month of October, all the while raising funds for Rethink Breast Cancer, a Canadian breast cancer charity that brings bold, relevant awareness to the under-40 crowd. Unshaven Mavens zeros in on the armpit because early breast cancer symptoms can also be detected in the underarm area, not just the breast.
The growing season begins at the Clean-Shave Day Kick-Off (October 1st) and for four hair raising weeks thereafter. During the growing season, Mavens meet up at weekly Pit Stops to give each other moral support, enjoy a beverage or two, and compare their progress. (Oh did we mention, we take pictures?) At the end of four weeks, we celebrate our accomplishments at the Pit Bash and Mavens compete to determine who takes home prizes for “Pit Boss” (most funds raised), “Most Pitiful” (least hair growth), “Jolie Pit” (nicest pit), “Brad Pit” (most hair growth) and the “Best Pit Crew” (most funds raised by a team).
Unshaven Mavens is a diverse group of women who all share at least two things in common – a desire to make a difference and the ability to not take themselves too seriously.
Now let’s get growing!
Crazy right! But a fun challenge. I wanted to do more so I have donated a pair of rose quartz earrings as one of the prizes for the final bash at the end of the month.
Keeping with the pinks, I found these darling pumpkins that are actually called pink pumpkins. My girls really loved them.
If you would like to help me in my quest to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Society you can donate here.