I don’t think I have met anyone who hasn’t been affected by cancer in one way or another. I have written about our family cancer journey and both my sister and I are only a few weeks away from our next colonoscopies. It is not my favourite time of the year, but as I am nearing the age when Dad was first diagnosed it is important I keep up regular checks.
I have attended many fundraising functions for many different charities, and recently I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful ‘Girl’s Night In’ run by Helen Haddow. Helen has been running the ‘Haddow Girl’s Night In’ since 2012 and has raised thousands of dollars for The Cancer Council. The boys don’t miss out either – they hold a ‘Boy’s Night In’ at the neighbours and raise more funds for the cause.
This was my first year attending the ‘Haddow Girl’s Night In’ and as soon as next years date is set it will be going in the diary as I had a ball.
There were trading tables, raffles and a silent auction as well as an inspiring talk by body artist, Wendy Fantasia. Guest and cancer survivor Robyn braved having her body painted by Wendy and looked radiant. When speaking about the experience she said she had never felt more beautiful, and even though she must have been cold she didn’t stop smiling all night.
Wendy has spent most of 2016 working on the So Brave breast cancer fundraising calendar which features her amazing body art on 12 inspiring and beautiful young breast cancer survivors. Wendy and I have been friends for more than 25 years and I have never known her to get as emotional as she does when she talks about the impact working on So Brave has had on her. It is easy to see why.
These women have been through so much however they have a very visible strength that pours through the pages. Their bodies tell a story of a life that has been through a lot yet their eyes show strength and hope.
You can order your own So Brave calendar at www.sobrave.com.au and at only $30 they make beautiful gifts – if you order more than 1 you will receive free shipping!
As the night drew to a close the beautiful flowers and cake were auctioned off thus marking the end of another very successful Haddow Girl’s Night In.
This year the total amount raised was $6702.35! What an amazing effort.
If you would like to hold your own Girl’s Night In just head to The Cancer Council for all of the details.
Have you attended a Girl’s Night In before?