Monday, 17 October 2011

Partying For A Good Cause–Girls Night In

We all love to get together with our girlfriends and enjoy a few drinks and some great food, even better if there is as chance to buy a new handbag while you are there and the purchase of that handbag could help cure cancer. Pardon? Yes, buying a new handbag could help cure cancer. Is that not the best justification for getting tiddly and splurging on some impulse purchases you have ever heard???  It doesn’t have to be wine and handbags, it could be a book club night, pamper treatments, yoga or battling it out on Singstar, the choice is yours as long as you are raising money for women’s cancers with the Cancer Council’s Girls Night In.


This is a cause close to my heart. My Mother In Law is a breast cancer survivor and this year will mark 7 years of her being cancer free. Her treatment was painful, draining and at times soul destroying, but she is one of the lucky ones. My hope is that one day luck will have nothing to do with it. I still remember the fear of the unknown we all felt the day she was diagnosed. Everything we were told was measured in percentages, nothing was a sure thing other than the fact that she would need major surgery, harsh chemo treatments and a little bit of luck that it was detected early enough and the treatments would be successful.

This weekend she will host yet another Girls Night In to help raise money towards research and treatment. Already she has raised $1,000’s thanks to the generous support of family and friends getting involved. But you don’t need to host a party or even attend one to help out, you can make a donation directly to the Girls Night In website here. As little as $2 can make a difference.


The Girls Night In initiative started in 2004, since then it has grown to raise over $4,000,000 each year with this years target to get to $5,000,000. To give you an idea of where your money goes, I have borrowed this from the official Girls Night In website:

More than 16,800 Australian women are diagnosed with gynaecological and breast cancers every year.

Every contribution to Girls Night In makes a difference to these women as Cancer Council is able to fund research into improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
As important are the support services that Cancer Council provides.
These services are essential in assisting people that have been diagnosed, treated or survived cancer to deal with the physical, emotional and financial challenges of their cancer journey.
Cancer Council's prevention programs help maintain awareness of the disease and how best to avoid it. Cancer Council is at the forefront of this work and it is made possible only by the generous support of people like you.

For a full breakdown of what your donation could achieve, please visit this page.

If you are looking for an excuse to get together with your girlfriends why not make it worthwhile and host a Girls Night In? It can be as low key or extravagant as you like. Here are a few links to get you started:

Girls Night In Official Website:

Girls Night In Facebook Page:

Girls Night In Twitter Page:!/CCGNI

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