$10,000 raised at girls night fundraiser
A TOTAL of 150 women from throughout the Whitsundays attended the inaugural Girls Night In event at the Reef Gateway Hotel on Friday night.
The event raised more than $10,000 for the Cancer Council for women with breast or a gynaecological cancer.
There were two guest speakers on the night including a local cervical cancer survivor Renee Kerflake O’Dwyer, who highlighted the importance of getting regular pap-smears and clinical naturopath Rowena Kissun from Whitsunday Health Clinic.
Jessica Stafford organised the event with Shelley Trimble and said they were there for a serious reason to raise funds for the Cancer Council and to raise awareness of women’s cancers.
“We met six months ago and got talking about the fact we were both passionate about hosting Cancer Council fundraising events at home and decided to join forces and take it to the next level by holding a public event. We aimed to raise $6000 and ended the night with over $10,000 and we are extremely blown away by the support from the local community,” she said.
Plans are already underway for next year’s event which is promising beigger and better.
Auction items were donated by local and interstate businesses with Michelle Spivey acting as auctioneer.
“We had a raffle sponsored by local businesses and four local boys auc- tioning breast cancer tshirts off their own back, which the audience went crazy for,” she said.
Jonny G warmed up the crowd with his acoustic set and then Kate Tulett from LA Entertainment was the DJ for the rest of the night. At the end of the night Puppetry of the Penis performed live which was well received by the audience. Organisers thanked all volunteers who helped out at the event.
SUCCESSFUL NIGHT: Girls Night In organisers Jessica Stafford and Shelley Trimble were thrilled with the success of their event on Friday night.