I started hosting Girls Night In fundraising events for Cancer Council ACT nine years ago, after a friend nominated me to be a host after the previous year.
I had a routine pap smear at 25 years of age which found CIN III pre-cancerous cells. Despite my family history of ovarian and breast cancer effecting both sides of my immediate family, I never truly thought that I would be at risk or effected.
I was fortunate enough with the early detection that I was able to have the pre-cancerous cells successfully removed without any damage or ongoing complications.
Unfortunately, in this same year, one of my best friends lost her mother to breast cancer after a long and painful fight.
I think the Girls Night In campaign is such a great success because every one of us has been immediately touched by cancer in some way, particularly women's cancers.
Our event has now grown so large that three of my friends help to organise an event for 40 of our girlfriends every second year. We have raised over $19,000 over the years.
This is due to the generosity of local Canberra businesses kindly donating prizes which we use for silent and live auctions, and the generosity of our friends who attend and donate their money for such a great cause.
Cancer Council ACT has been a huge support for our event throughout the years. They’ve kindly donated merchandise, information sheets and promoted our event to encourage others to host their own fundraisers.