Uniting the girls in Moira Shire against women’s cancer
Cancer Council Victoria is encouraging women in Moira Shire to get the girls together for a Girls Night In event to help support local women diagnosed with a breast or gynecological cancer.
In Moira Shire each year, 82 local women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 20 diagnosed with a form of gynecological cancer (such as cervical, ovarian, vulva and uterine cancers).
The Girls Night In campaign runs throughout the month of October which is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but events can also be held in November.
All funds raised go toward Cancer Council’s work in vital 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 are hoping over 1,400 Victorian women will host their own Girls Night In, with events including sleep-overs, movie nights, pamper parties and many other creative ideas.
Acting Head of Supporter Experience at Cancer Council Victoria, Emily Wigney, said: “Breast and gynecological cancers touch many lives in one form or another.
“Many of our mothers, our grandmas, daughters, sisters, and friends have been affected.
“Hosting or attending a Girls Night In event isn’t only an opportunity to raise muchneeded funds for women’s cancers; it can also raise much-needed awareness about early detection and cancer prevention.”
“It’s important to remember that a third of cancers can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices and taking part in the recommended screening programs for your agegroup.
“Getting together with the girls and starting these conversations is a great way to spread awareness and perhaps change someone’s life.”
Breast cancer is the most common new cancer for Victorian women with more than 4,330 new diagnoses each year; however, advancements in prevention, detection and treatment now mean a woman diagnosed with breast cancer has a 91 per cent chance of surviving for five years.
Research from Cancer Council has helped to inform the changes for a new and more effective cervical screening program for women which is now in effect.
“These improvements are thanks to investment in research, prevention and support because of fundraisers like Girls Night In,” Ms Wigney said.
“You can make your event as big or as small as you like - a casual dinner party, a dress-up movie night, a pampering session. The possibilities are endless and any event you host will help support women affected.
“Cancer Council is the only charity in Australia that funds research into breast and gynecological cancers while also providing support for women affected. We rely on the community to help us continue our work.”
Register to host a Girls Night In this October and donate the money you would spend on going out to research for women’s cancers.
For more information, visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.