Plan a night with the girls
Moira Shire women are being encouraged to get the girls together for a Girls’ Night In to help support local women diagnosed with a breast or gynaecological cancer.
The campaign runs throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but events can be held in November.
All funds raised go toward Cancer Council Victoria’s work in research, prevention and support services for women’s cancers.
To get involved, simply register to host an event, invite your girlfriends over for a night in and ask them to donate what they would have spent on a night out.
This year, Cancer Council Victoria is hoping more than 1400 Victorian women will host their own event, be a sleepover, movie night, pamper party or something else.
In Moira Shire in 2014 to 2016, 82 local women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 20 diagnosed with a form of gynaecological cancer (such as cervical, ovarian, vulva and uterine cancers).
Cancer Council Victoria acting supporter experience head Emily Wigney said breast and gynaecological cancers touched many lives.
‘‘Many of our mothers, our grandmas, daughters, sisters and friends have been affected,’’ she said.
‘‘Hosting or attending a Girls’ Night In event isn’t only an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for women’s cancers; it can also raise much-needed awareness about early detection and cancer prevention.’’
Breast cancer is the most common new cancer for Victorian women with more than 4330 new diagnoses each year.
Advancements in prevention, detection and treatment means a woman diagnosed with breast cancer has a 91 per cent chance of surviving for five years.
Research has helped to with new and more effective cervical screening programs.
Host a Girls’ Night In and donate the money you would spend on going out.
For information, visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or phone 1300 656 585.