Spend the night in with the girls

Monday 1 October, 2007

Girls Night In is fast approaching and Melany Spaull knows only too well what is involved. Melany is hosting her third Girls Night In this year, and it is set to be bigger and better than last year.

After hearing a sad story of two women being diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, Melany was motivated to find out how she could raise money to help the fight against cancer. She discovered Girls Night In on The Cancer Council Victoria's website and decided to host her own event in her hometown of Wallan.

In keeping with the theme of Girls Night In, a mouth-watering pink dinner was lovingly prepared and included salmon and steak with pink peppercorn sauce. The event was a roaring success, with 110 local women joining in the fun, and they managed to raise $2,300.

In 2006, Melany's Girls Night In became larger with over 163 local women attending a Tiara and Cocktail night. The event raised over $8,700 for the Cancer Council. The highlight of the evening was a male guest speaker, complete with a tiara, who managed to silence a room full of women with his moving story of losing his wife to breast cancer.

In January this year, Melany moved to Queensland and was in two minds about hosting her third Girls Night In. She will to fly down for the event and the theme is a Disco Diva night, to pay tribute to all those Dancing Queens who have battled cancer. A local male hairdresser is bravely aiming to raise $5, 000 with a head shave and full body wax. Other activities will include a bra decorating competition and an auction for a ride home in the local fire truck.

The Cancer Council Director of Community Relations and Fundraising Deb Stringer said Melany's effort is a fantastic example of what can be achieved by hosting your own Girls Night In.

"Girls Night In is the Cancer Council's fastest growing fundraising event," Ms Stringer said. "All funds raised support lifesaving research into breast and gynaecological cancers, education programs that help women both prevent and detect cancer at an early stage, and support services for women in times of great need," Ms Stringer said."

Girls Night In is a fun and simple way to raise money for women's cancers. Women simply sign up as a host, and then invite their friends around for a ‘Girls Night In' any time in October. Guests are asked to donate what they would spend on a night out to the Cancer Council.

To host your own Girls Night In, simply visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.