SPENDING a night in with friends this month could help save lives.
This month Cancer Council Australia is urging all women to host a "Girls Night In" event to raise funds for the organisation's research, prevention, information and support services for women's cancers.
With more than 45,000 Australian women diagnosed with cancer each year, Cancer Council Queensland Girls Night In co-ordinator Tenille Koeter said taking part in the fundraiser was a great way to show support for the many grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts and daughters and friends diagnosed with cancer.
Hosting a Girls Night In event is as simple as inviting friends, workmates or family members over for an evening of quality "girl time" and asking your guests to donate the equivalent of what they would have spent on a night out.
"Girls Night In is a great way to have as much fun as you want with your mates, whether it's a night of chick flicks, trivia games, a clothes swap, book club, pampering and pedicures, or a dinner party, it's for a great cause," Ms Koeter said.
Cancer Council Queensland health promotion officer Susan Lingard said each event held not only helped raise money for vital research projects but also helped raise awareness.
"Girls Night In is a great excuse to get the girls together to talk about women's health issues," Ms Lingard said.
"Your Girls Night In will make a difference to our research, cancer prevention program and the support services we provide.
"Donations are used to fund services like our Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20, which offers free support, counselling, referrals and information for anyone affected by cancer, whether they are a patient, a friend, family member or a health professional," Ms Lingard said.
For anyone interested in hosting a Girls Night In but stuck for ideas, the Cancer Council suggests the following:
Host a movie night. Invite friends over to your home, and enjoy a good chick flick.
Ask guests to donate the cost of a movie ticket towards the fundraiser.
Arrange a night of pampering. Get together with girlfriends and do your own hair and beauty treatments or organise a professional to do them for you.
Donations could be the price a salon would charge for a treatment.
Organise a private yoga class. Donations could be the cost of a regular class.
Host a book club, even if it's just a one-off, and contribute the price of a book to Girls Night In.
Those who are unable to host their own Girls Night In event can visit the Cancer Council's website and make a donation.
Girls Night In
Who: You and your girlfriends, family, friends, neighbours or colleagues.
When: Any date in October.
Where: Your house, favourite restaurant or anywhere you choose.
How: Visit the Girls Night In website, Facebook page or call 1300 656 585 to register. Invite your girlfriends around for a Girls Night In and together you can help raise money for women's cancer. Ask them to donate the equivalent of what they would usually spend on a night out.
Visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 656 585 for more information.
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