Getting the girls together
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.