Each year, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance for Oracle employees to demonstrate their support through volunteering efforts around the world. For a cause that affects people globally, Oracle volunteers will take action globally by taking part in donation drives, educational sessions, and more.
Here are a few ways Oracle employees are getting involved in this year’s Pink October activities:
Following the success of last year’s project, Oracle Volunteers will once again crochet soft, durable prosthesis for Knitted Knockers, an organization that provides these free handmade items, which are lighter and more comfortable than silicone, for breast cancer patients who have undergone mastectomy. Volunteers can follow the knitting pattern provided by the agency and then find a local nonprofit or breast cancer treatment center to send the items to. For more information and to register, visit here.
Oracle employees can visit MyGiving to donate to nonprofit organizations that support breast cancer patients and their families and those working to find a cure. Employee donations will be matched by Oracle as part of the standard company match, up to $1,000 USD per employee, per fiscal year.
Fitness centers at Oracle locations in the US are accepting donations of preloved bras and new underwear. As an economically and environmentally-friendly activity, recycling these items will assist families in need across the world. For more details, visit here.
Oracle Volunteers in Mexico, will collect scarves for the CIMA Foundation – a nonprofit that provides information, education, patient services, and community programs to reduce mortality from breast cancer in Mexico. For more information, visit here.
For Pink October in the São Paulo, Brazil Oracle office, volunteers who have over 15 centimeters of hair can gather at this location and have their hair cut together at a nearby salon. Hair donations will then be made to Cabelegria, an organization that turns donations into wigs and distributes them to women and children diagnosed with diseases that cause hair loss. For more details, visit here.
From anywhere in the world, Oracle employees can increase breast cancer awareness through the power of social media. By wearing pink and posting on social media using #TechInPink2022 in their post., they can draw attention to this important topic. Employees can also change their Zoom background to pink for the month of October. To access backgrounds, visit here.
To raise breast cancer awareness, Oracle Volunteers in India can visit banks, offices, schools, and malls to share breast self-examination posters. In partnership with the Indian Cancer Society, Oracle offices in India will receive the posters and Oracle Volunteering Project Leaders will coordinate local distribution. For more information, visit here.
Oracle employees around the world can join an online session led by the Director of Cancer Information and Education at Bay Area Cancer Connections, a nonprofit cancer resource center in San Mateo, California. Participants will discuss cancer risk factors, screening recommendations, common signs and symptoms, and treatment options. To register, visit here.
Fitness centers at Oracle locations in the US are offering educational sessions including a webinar series on breast cancer and women’s health screening. To register, visit here.
In partnership with the Indian Cancer Society, Oracle will offer educational sessions led by an oncologist and surgeon on how to reduce the risk of breast cancer, recognize the symptoms early, get diagnostic tests, and learn about treatment options. To register, visit here.
Oracle Volunteers in Nigeria and the award-winning Sebeccly Cancer Care organization will partner to deliver a breast cancer prevention and education event. Sebeccly Cancer Care is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the survival rates of cancer patients in Nigeria. For more information on the event, visit here.
Many studies over the past two decades have shown that increased physical activity is linked to lower risk of breast cancer. Oracle Volunteers in India and Japan will take part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month by taking a daily walk or run and recording their progress in the Indian Cancer Society’s partner app. For more information, visit here.
Alex Chan is a writer for Oracle. She was previously a reporter for The Orange County Register and subsidiaries of the Los Angeles Times.