Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Ladies Line-Up to Raise Funds for Cancer Charity; Celebrities Lend a Hand to Annual Girls Night in Event

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Ladies Line-Up to Raise Funds for Cancer Charity; Celebrities Lend a Hand to Annual Girls Night in Event

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Byline: Sarah Green sarahb@thechronicle.com.au

CHICK flicks gathered.

Check.

Pyjamas packed.

Check.

Face masks, nail polish and all things for the ultimate girl's night in located.

Check.

The loss of a friend or family member to cancer may not seem like a reason to party, but during the month of October, that's exactly what the Cancer Council is asking us to do.

Girls Night In was launched in 2005 to raise funds for breast and gynaecological cancers.

Since then more than 22,000 events have been held and more than $12 million raised for cancer projects across the country.

Throughout the month of October, women are holding parties around the country from a Friends Night In with a gossip and glass to swap nights, where you can bag yourselves a revitalised wardrobe.

Other ideas include a Movie Night In with a bunch of chick flicks you want to see; Pink Night In with everything from pink champagne to feather boas or bend the rules and organise a full-on Girls Night In fundraising dinner with local sponsors and a charity auction.

Kylie Gleeson from Toowoomba had a New Year's goal to host a charity event.

When she heard about the Girls Night In, she knew it was the event for her.

"I was looking around and this one seemed awesome," Kylie said.

"Girls can come over and have a bit of a party and catch up while raising money for women's cancer research."

Kylie's plan is to ask her friends to raid their wardrobes and have a clothes swap/buy party with all money raised plus donations going towards the charity.

"Basically they say whatever you would spend on a night out, give that to charity and stay in with your friends instead," she said.

"We'll have some nibbles, wine, clothes swapping and might even watch a few chick flicks."

For Kylie, who has organised corporate cancer fundraisers previously, it is the sense of fulfilment that you get out of helping others, that drives her. …

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