Women are being encouraged to host a Girls' Night In during October to raise money to support the 5,600 Victorian women who will be diagnosed with a breast or gynaecological cancer this year.
Thousands of women across the state are expected to attend or host a Girls' Night In during the month of October to raise funds for breast and gynaecological cancer research, prevention programs and support services.
Hosting a Girls' Night In usually costs a fraction of the price of going out and Cancer Council encourages people to donate the money they save to help those affected by cancer.
This year, around 2,800 Victorian women will host their own Girls' Night In, with events including sleep-overs, movie nights, pamper parties and many other creative ideas to raise a target of $1.2 million for Cancer Council.
Cancer Council Victoria Head of Supporter Experience Bernadette Kennedy, said Cancer Council's Girls' Night In events are about having fun and raising vital funds, but also provide an opportunity to facilitate powerful conversations to raise awareness about women's cancers.
"Thanks to advances in cancer research, early detection and prevention we have seen some great progress in women's cancers. Survival for breast cancer now sits at 90% in Victoria, but is much less for ovarian cancer (42%). There is still so much more work to do, especially in early detection and in supporting women during and after a diagnosis.
"Getting together at home with your girlfriends to support women's cancers is not only about fundraising - it's also a good chance to remind the important women in your life of all the things what they can do to make sure we are on top of our health - like making sure we tick that overdue pap test or mammogram off the to-do list.
"It's also an opportunity for us to share tips and ideas for supporting the ones we love who are impacted by cancer. When a friend is diagnosed with cancer it can be hard to know what to do or say - but female friendships are a powerful thing and there are simple things you can do to show to show a friend you are there for her."
To get involved, simply register to host an event in October, invite your girlfriends over for a night in and ask them to donate what they would have spent on a night out. All funds raised will go towards the women's cancer research, prevention or support.
Planning your Girls' Night In is easy! Set a date with your girlfriends during October or November and register your event at www.girlsnightin.com.au or 1300 65 65 85.
Hosts can register their event at girlsnightin.com.au to receive a free host kit or call 1300 65 65 85 for more information.
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Australians can also show their support for Cancer Council in October by supporting Pink Ribbon Day. This year the Pink Ribbon Day merchandise range includes an enamel pin ($5) and pens ($6). Items from the Pink Ribbon Day range can be purchased on Pink Ribbon Day at stalls near local shopping areas, train and bus stations and other major locations. Pink Ribbon Day events can also be hosted in October. Visit pinkribbon.com.au for key dates and further information.