HAFTR High School participated in Sharsheret’s Pink Day last Wednesday, February 8. Many yeshiva high schools participate in Pink Day, a time when the school focuses on spreading awareness for breast cancer. This year, students and faculty alike not only wore pink to show their support, but also learned more information about breast cancer and raised money for Sharsheret. As stated on their website, “Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Their mission is to offer a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.”
HAFTR organized various activities throughout the day to promote healthy living and to teach students more about breast cancer. There was a dodgeball tournament for the boys and a Zumba class for the girls. These two activities were chosen because they encourage an active, healthy lifestyle. Every student was able to hear from Dr. Jonathan Herman, who is active in Sharsheret and constantly educating people on breast cancer. He spoke to the students about who is at risk of getting breast cancer and the signs to look for. Dr. Herman left the students with a better understanding of how breast cancer has affected women, especially women in the Jewish community.
Throughout the day, funds were raised as donations for Sharsheret. Shirts saying “Real Hawks Wear Pink” were created and sold, with all profits benefitting Sharsheret. By 11 am, all the shirts were sold out, demonstrating the students’ and faculty’s excitement for the cause. Funds were also raised from ticket sales for the Chinese auctions. With prizes from stores like Q’Cumbers, Central Perk, Cafe Chocolat, and more, the auction drew in many people and overall, was a huge success. By the end of the day, the HAFTR students had raised over $1,500 to donate to Sharsheret.