Launching Girls Night In in Toowoomba are Cancer Council Queensland Toowoomba retail coordinator Sarah Wright and Cancer Council Queensland regional fundraising coordinator Susan Shortland. Friday Oct 07, 2016.
Launching Girls Night In in Toowoomba are Cancer Council Queensland Toowoomba retail coordinator Sarah Wright and Cancer Council Queensland regional fundraising coordinator Susan Shortland. Friday Oct 07, 2016. Nev Madsen

Toowoomba landmarks to light up pink

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council will brighten the lives of locals affected by women's cancers by lighting up iconic landmarks pink in support of Cancer Council's Girls Night In campaign.

From October 22 - 24, Toowoomba will shine pink with the nightly light-up of City Hall and the Victoria Street Bridge.

Girls' Night In is an opportunity for locals to get their friends together for a night of fundraising to give hope to the one in six Queensland women diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer in their lifetime.

In South West Queensland alone, more than 300 women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer this year, and around 65 will die from these women's cancers.

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio said the council was delighted to play a role in raising awareness of women's cancers.

"We stand with those special women in our community who are currently living with the disease or are survivors," Mayor Antonio said.

"We also honour the memories of those who have lost their lives to cancer.

"I encourage as many of our residents as possible to get behind Girls' Night In and raise important funds for ongoing support and research."

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said Queenslanders who hosted a Girls' Night In made a big difference in the fight against cancer.

"Women have never needed an excuse to get together, but if ever there was one - Girls' Night In is it!" Ms Clift said.

"Girls' Night In events can be as big or small as you would like - simply spend a night in with your girlfriends and donate what you would have spent on a night out to Cancer Council Queensland.

"Whether you host a pyjama party, pot luck dinner, movie night, clothes swap or a pamper party - your support will make a tangible difference to those affected by women's cancers."

Around 3000 Queensland women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, and about 1000 are diagnosed with an ovarian, cervical, vaginal, vulva or uterine cancer.

"Girls' Night In is also an opportunity for women to get together and talk about their health," Ms Clift said.

"From sharing healthy recipes to fitness tips, checking up on cancer screening and sharing personal stories - we want women to connect over their health and wellbeing."

Cancer Council Girls' Night In aims to raise $1.4 million through 3000 hosts in Queensland in 2016.

All funds raised will be invested in vital cancer research, patient support services and prevention programs for women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.

For more information, visit girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council's 13 11 20.


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