Make a date to catch up with your favourite ladies and help change the lives of women affected by cancer at the same time.
Cancer Council Queensland is encouraging Gold Coast ladies to host a Girls’ Night In during the month of October to raise funds and awareness for breast and gynaecological cancers.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said Girls’ Night In is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends, while raising funds to support the one in six Queensland women who will be diagnosed with a breast or gynaecological cancer in their lifetime.
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“Events can be as big or small as you would like – we’re expecting about 1200 pamper parties, clothes swaps, cooking nights or games nights this year in Queensland alone,” she said.
Every event gives hope to around 4200 women diagnosed with a women’s cancer each year in Queensland. Sadly, around 830 women also die from the disease on an annual basis.
A Girls’ Night In costs a fraction of the price of going out and Ms McMillan encouraged those who attend Girls’ Nights In events to donate the money they saved to help those affected by cancer.
“Breast and gynaecological cancers unfortunately touch everyone’s life in one form or another – directly or through the experience of family and friends,” Ms McMillan said.
“Campaigns like Girls’ Night In allow Cancer Council Queensland to work across every aspect of women’s cancers, from research, to prevention, support and advocacy.
“More than 49,600 Queensland women are alive today after a diagnosis of a women’s cancer in the past 25 years.
“By getting your girls together this October, you are getting together for not only a good time – but a good cause!”
Girls’ Night In is also a reminder for women to think about their health, ways they can reduce their cancer risk and detect cancer early.
“We know that if cancer is found and treated early, there is increased chance of surviving the disease – however, only half of all eligible Queensland women participate in recommended breast and cervical screening,” Ms McMillan said.
“Girls’ Night In provides a great opportunity to reach out to your loved ones – ask about their health, encourage them to get screened, share healthy living tips, or be a listening ear.”
Cancer Council Girls’ Night In aims to raise $500,000 through 1200 hosts in Queensland in 2017. Register your Girls’ Night In event for a free host kit and find more information at girlsnightin.com.au.