$10,000 raised at girls night fundraiser

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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