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Pink party in honour of dying mother

Monday 5 October, 2009

Head to 33-year-old Clare Manders’ home this October, and there’s a good chance you’ll find 50 pink women packed into her living room. That’s because Ms Manders has joined a group of 3500 Victorian women who are hosting Girls Night In events this October to raise funds to fight women’s cancers.

Clare Manders and her Mum.Ms Manders said her motivation for holding a Girls Night In is simple.

“Mum’s dying from ovarian cancer,” Ms Manders said.

“I want to raise money for research, because I want a screening test for ovarian cancer.

“I want them to be able to find ovarian cancer earlier so that other women don’t have to go through what Mum’s going through - that’s what I want,” she said.

Cancer Council Girls Night In Coordinator Barbara Fernandez said women like Ms Manders played an important role in advancing the fight against women’s cancers.

“This October, Victorian Girls Night In hosts like Ms Manders are expected to raise more than $1 million to help fight women’s cancers,” Ms Fernandez said.

“We’ll use this money to fund life-saving women’s cancer research, prevention and support programs,” she said.

Hosting a Girls Night In is easy.

Simply invite the girls around for a great night in, and ask your guests to donate what they normally would on a night out.

“Your Girls Night In is limited only by your imagination – we’ve had everything from karaoke nights to cook-offs,” Ms Fernandez said.

“And no matter how much you raise, you’ll help us take another step forward in fighting this disease,” she said.

To register as a host, or for party inspiration and great Girls Night In prizes you can win, visit

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