Dimitris Kontopoulos composes “October” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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He’s the genius composer behind Eurovision hits like “You Are The Only One” and “This Is Our Night”.

And on Tuesday evening Dimitris Kontopoulos unleashed a bit more of his magic by sharing “October” — a special piece of music he wrote specifically for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Working in conjunction with Estée Lauder, officials in Athens lit up the historic Panathenaic Stadium — the home of the first modern Olympic Games — in stunning pink lighting to commemorate the fight against cancer.

The ceremony was accompanied by Dimitris’ stirring melody, which uses strings to create an atmosphere of hope and perseverance. Those feelings will no doubt live on long after the pink lights dim. 

“Prevention saves lives,” Dimitris wrote on his Instagram account. “It is always a great pleasure to be part of such a special energy.”

The event was hosted by Greek TV personality Eleni Menegaki.

Every October major breast cancer charities across the world organise Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a concerted effort to raise funds for research and prevention, and to raise awareness about the condition more generally.

The month is known for the appearance of pink ribbons, meant to remember those we’ve lost and to honour those still fighting, and for charity marathons, telethons and other events to help find a cure.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbons, a fact that has spawned the #pinkribbon25 hashtag.

Dimitris has a track record of doing good and working with charities in Greece to raise funds for a variety of causes.

In 2011 he teamed up with Sakis Rouvas on a feel-good track to raise money for the “Elpida” (Hope) Foundation, which assists children living with cancer. In 2008 he worked with an organisation that raises money for kids who have been abandoned, and in 2005 he composed a song for a charity that helps children who have been victims of abuse.

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