22 October 2014
It’s another big Girls Night In for Narelle Hodgson who is continuing with her themed events – and this year it is a “ghouls night in” with a Halloween theme set for the last night of the month.
Inspired by family and friends, Narelle Hodgson and her fundraising team have made a significant contribution through their fundraising to Cancer Council SA and there has been a lot of fun along the way.
This month Narelle, of Aberfoyle Park, is hosting her eighth annual Girls’ Night In to raise money for Cancer Council SA’s Pink Ribbon Campaign, which supports women with cancer.
“Everybody knows someone who has been touched by cancer,” Narelle says. “So when I saw the advertisements for Girls’ Nights In I thought, ‘We could do that’. Two years later, my mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and my reasons for hosting this event became more real.
“Our events are always aimed at being a great night for all who come along as well as a fun way to raise much needed funds.
“On a personal level it means so much to me that my six dear friends give up their precious time and put in so much hard work to make the nights a success.”
Narelle says each event is an opportunity to remember her mum, who passed away after a two-year battle with the disease. “Every year, we dedicate the night to Mum. I think she’d be blown away by what we’ve achieved.”
Since 2007, Narelle and her friends have raised over $27,000 for Cancer Council SA’s research, prevention and support services. She says the night raises awareness about the organisation and prompts guests “not to take life for granted”.
“I think this night is important, not just because we tell people what Cancer Council is about, but because it’s an outlet. When Mum was sick, I couldn’t fix what was happening, but this makes me feel like I’m doing something. I want to share that message – that we can all do something – and not to take life for granted.”
This October Cancer Council SA is calling on all women to host or donate to Pink Ribbon events, such as Girls’ Nights In.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson says “money raised throughout the month will go towards supporting women affected by cancer.”
“At Cancer Council, we work across every area of women’s cancers: research, prevention, support and advocacy.
“We are there not only for those touched by cancer today but to prevent and manage cancer into the future.
“By doing something Pink in October, you help Cancer Council provide support services to improve the quality of life for these women, along with research into potential new treatments and prevention measures.”
For cancer information and support, please call Cancer Council 13 11 20, Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm.