26 October 2017
Girls’ Night In empowers women to host an event to simultaneously raise funds and continue the conversation to help reduce the impact of women’s cancers in Australia.
It’s not too late to put on your party planning hat; Girls’ Night In events can be hosted all the way into the new year. Just be sure to register before the end of November.
To get the cogs turning and inspire you to host your own event with the girls, we’ve collated some top ideas with a twist.
1. A family dinner to remember
Why not host a pre-Christmas get together with the women in your family? Invite mothers, daughters, cousins, aunts and grandmothers, using it as a chance to chat—women to women—about the importance of awareness, screening and early detection of women’s cancers, including whether your family has any history. Ask everyone to contribute by bringing a meal that has a special meaning to them. Maybe it could be a great grandmother’s recipe, or a dish using home grown ingredients.
2. Health retreat at home
We all need some time out from our busy lives, but retreats can be pricey. Host your own one weekend, complete with sunrise yoga, meditation, clean or vegetarian meals and fruit smoothies. You could approach your local yoga studios to see if they want to be involved, recruit an experienced friend to instruct, or pop on an instructional DVD.
3. Living room market
Invite your girlfriends to go shopping—all in the comfort of your very own living room. Ask everyone to donate clothes they no longer wear for a clothing swap ‘stall’, and invite a home shopping rep from Arbonne, Avon or Nutrimetics to treat yourselves. Perhaps one of you is an avid sewer or crafter and can make something to sell on the night. A good old fashioned bake sale is another way to boost your stall numbers.
4. Mothers’ group meet-up
If a few of your friends have little ones, then it could be a great idea to host a mothers’ group one afternoon. As well as chatting all things parenting, it’s a fantastic opportunity to discuss how to detect women’s cancers early. Extend it one generation further and invite everyone’s mums along—they’ll probably have some pearls of wisdom for raising daughters.
Project Manager, National Campaigns
Every day in Australia, around 65 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer. And while research advancements have dramatically improved the prognosis for breast cancer over the past 20 years, there is still more work that needs to be done. Girls’ Night In helps fund world-class research into women’s cancers, cancer prevention and advocacy programs, and provides support services to help those affected by women’s cancers at every stage of their journey.