Get­ting the girls to­gether

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Cancer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria is en­cour­ag­ing Wim­mera com­mu­ni­ties to ‘get the girls to­gether’ this month by host­ing Girls’ Night In events to sup­port women di­ag­nosed with a breast or gy­nae­co­log­i­cal cancer.

All money raised through Girls’ Night In goes to­wards Cancer Coun­cil’s work in re­search, preven­tion and sup­port ser­vices for women’s can­cers.

Mu­nic­i­pal sta­tis­tics across the state are pro­vid­ing in­cen­tives driv­ing the pro­gram.

In Hor­sham dis­trict from 2015 to 2017, 44 women were di­ag­nosed with breast cancer and 26 with a form of gy­nae­co­log­i­cal cancer such as cer­vi­cal, ovar­ian, vulva and uter­ine can­cers.

This year, Cancer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria aims to re­cruit 700 Vic­to­rian women to host their own Girls’ Night In events, with an aim of rais­ing $500,000.

Cancer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria’s Head of Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Lyr­ian Flem­ing-pars­ley said it was easy for women to get in­volved.

She said all they needed to do was regis­ter to host an event, invit­ing girl­friends over for a night in and ask­ing them to do­nate what they would have in­stead spent on a night out.

“Host­ing or at­tend­ing a Girls’ Night In event isn’t only an op­por­tu­nity to raise funds for women’s can­cers; it can also raise much-needed aware­ness about early de­tec­tion and cancer preven­tion,” she said.

Peo­ple can call 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.girl­snightin.com. au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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