Host a night in to help others
Cancer Council Victoria is encouraging women in Benalla to get the girls together for a Girls’ Night In event to help support local women diagnosed with a breast or gynaecological cancer.
The Girls’ Night In campaign runs throughout the month of October, 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 is hoping more than 1400 Victorian women will host their own Girls’ Night In, with events including sleep-overs, movie nights, pamper parties and many other creative ideas.
In Benalla each year 46 local women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 12 are diagnosed with a form of gynaecological cancer, such as cervical, ovarian, vulva and uterine cancers.
Cancer Council Victoria acting head of supporter experience Emily Wigney, said breast and gynaecological cancers touched many lives in one form or another.
‘‘Many of our mothers, our grandmas, daughters, sisters, and friends have been affected,’’ Ms Wigney 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.
‘‘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 age-group.
‘‘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 4330 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 by breast or gynaecological cancer.’’
Register to host a Girls’ Night In this October and donate the money you would spend on going out to Cancer Council’s vital work in research, prevention and support for women’s cancers.
For more information, visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or phone 1300 656 585.