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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Hosts can register
their event at girlsnightin.com.au to
receive a free host kit or call 1300 65 65 85 for more information.
For more information
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.