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Some of the Alpha Phi girls at the Central Coast Women's League charity event for breast cancer awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month starts in October

In honor of the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it was only appropriate to write about an event that is promoting the cause around San Luis Obispo.

After talking to two Cal Poly students, I found out about an event that took place on October 2 at the Elk’s Lodge, hosted by the Central Coast Women’s League. This year, the CCWL held a fundraiser which included raffle prizes and games, such as bingo, to raise money for breast cancer. All the proceeds for the event go to local women who have some need for financial help due to breast cancer issues. This year the CCWL are giving the money raised at the event to two different non-profit organizations, Community Action Partnership and Enhancement, which are both aimed at promoting health and wellness.

The two students, a second year Communications Major, Stephanie Slaught and a second year Modern Languages Major, Jillian Gamboa heard about volunteering at the fundraiser through their sorority, Alpha Phi.

“Because many of the elders of the community attended the event, it was great to communicate with them and get to know them on a more personal level,” Gamboa said.
Not only was the event a chance to help breast cancer survivors but the members from Alpha Phi who worked at the event got to know more members of the community.

With this event, they were able to branch out, off campus, and really get out into the community.

“It was very rewarding to help out a cause that really means something,” Gamboa said.

The girls helped out by acting as “runners” for the event which involved handing out raffle prizes and tickets. Slaught expressed that is was great to be involved in an event that amplifies breast cancer awareness because she too has watched someone very close to her suffer from this disease. It enabled her to appreciate the event and the work the CCWL is doing on a much more personal level. When asked if they would continue with more volunteer work, both girls responded with a positive outlook.

“I definitely want to do more volunteer work. I had so much fun at this event, I can’t even imagine what else is out there,” Slaught said.

They also expressed their desire to return to the event next year and become even more involved.

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