pink and green lanyard

Lanyards of Love

MTA volunteers and MTA thrivers are making beautiful pink/green lanyards.  This is an art that the Japanese community is teaching the MTA community.

We call them Lanyards of Love simply because they are created with pure love in a Sisterhood community.

This is how they are made:

The first picture shows the lanyards of love being made by the Japanese community. We call these gatherings “MTA Ribbon Café”. We teach each other how to make a lanyard so a group of Japanese volunteers can go to SCRC to teach thrivers.

In preparation for the SCRC event, we met after school in the compound lobby.   We prepared the ribbons and more Japanese sisters came and joined – even a little girl started to make one.

making lanyards


girl making lanyard

We were nervous that language and cultural barriers might make this a challenging task.  However, we were welcomed with cheers and hugs as we entered a room filled with 36 thrivers.

cancer survivors

Eight Japanese sisters and three MTA sisters joined together to teach these thrivers how to make a lanyard.  The group of sisters with thrivers worked hand-in-hand together, communicating perfectly throughout the process.  Within 90 minutes we had more than 20 lanyards.

making lanyards

making lanyards

making lanyards

Two of the thrivers joined this activity before leaving for the hospital for their breast cancer treatment.  Many of them stayed in the afternoon to finish them, and also took material home to make more.

cancer survivors
The two breast cancer patients with a More Than Aware volunteer.

Being a part of the MTA sisterhood has inspired stronger ‘sisterhood’ among our Japanese community.  We felt warm and loved and EMPOWERED by thrivers and MTA sisters!

pink and green lanyard


making lanyards

My friend, Yumi, started the ribbon café.  She and I both lost our mothers-in-law to breast cancer.  Working with thrivers on this Lanyards of Love project has allowed us both to feel close to our own mothers.  We will continue to serve through MTA ribbon café in honour of our mothers.

More than Aware

These Lanyards of Love will be sold during pick up of the MTA Fun Run race packets on May 10th and 11th at Kerry Hotel and also during the Fun Run itself on May 13th.  {All proceeds to benefit local breast cancer Thrivers.}

More than Aware lanyards

pink and green lanyards

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