Women rally for girlfriends in need

Tuesday 2 October, 2007

Nearly 350 Victorian women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancers this October, so The Cancer Council Victoria is urging women around the state to show their support today by registering for Girls Night In.

"By hosting your own Girls Night In, you'll not only show women in your community how much you care, you'll also make a tangible difference to their cancer fight," Girls Night In Coordinator Barbara Fernandez said. "What's more, Girls Night In is just a great excuse for a party!"

Hosting a Girls Night In is fun and simple. Women of all ages simply register with the Cancer Council, then invite the girls around for a movie night, a karaoke party, a pamper night, or whatever type of Girls Night In takes their fancy. In return, guests donate the amount they would normally spend on a night out to the Cancer Council.

"Girls Night In is our fastest growing fundraiser," Ms Fernandez said. "While this is partly because women are able to put their own stamp on their event, it's also because Victorian women are fantastic at rallying around friends in need."

While many October fundraising events only raise funds for breast cancer, Girls Night In raises funds for all women's cancers, including both breast and gynaecological cancers. All funds raised support lifesaving cancer research, important support services for women facing cancer, and education programs to help women reduce their cancer risk.

The Cancer Council Victoria's PapScreen Victoria Manager Lea Rawlings said that as well as joining in Girls Night In, Victorian women can help fight cancer during October by encouraging their girlfriends to take simple steps to reduce their cancer risk.

"Having a chat with your girlfriends about the importance of two-yearly Pap tests for both vaccinated and unvaccinated women could be a conversation which saves their lives," Ms Rawlings said. "It's also important that women become familiar with the normal look and feel of their breasts, and see their doctor immediately if they notice any changes."

Women that register for a Girls Night In event will receive a host pack with key information about reducing their cancer risk, as well as ideas and tips for their fundraising event.

To register as a Girls Night In host today, visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.