THE Gawler Quilting Circle came together on Saturday to raise funds for, and awareness of, women’s cancers.
The group, which, ordinarily, meets twice a month, decided to host a Cancer Council ‘Girls’ Night In’ event to share the important message about getting checked, according to Gawler Quilting Circle president Sonia Holton.
“(Breast cancer) doesn’t discriminate; there is no age, there is no demographic, it can hit anybody,” she said.
“You don’t have to go too far back and people say ‘yep, my auntie, mum, grandma, friend or neighbour’ (has had it).
“Everyone knows somebody that has been through cancer and whether it is a survival story or not, everybody has a link somewhere.
“(The event) is just a good get together to raise awareness of women’s cancers and raise a bit of money at the same time.”
Funds raised through the initiative are used for research into women’s cancers, cancer prevention and advocacy programs, and to provide support services to women living with cancer.
The group raised $550 from its event, which is almost more than double last year’s effort.
“We had a fabulous day, with 25 ladies attending,” Mrs Holton said.
“A lingerie bag was offered as a project to make on the day, with over half the ladies making at least one bag.
“We ran a raffle with a breast cancer- themed quilt as the first prize, and a breast cancer-themed project bag as the second prize – this raffle raised approximately $100.
“We also had some sweepstakes that raised $100 dollars, and a lucky coin toss, which raised over $37 for a bottle of French Champagne – won by Helen Hughes.”
Following the success of the second night in, Mrs Holton expects it will continue to grow and become an annual event for the group’s members, their families and friends.
Cancer Council chief executive Lincoln Size said the money from such events does significantly impact the lives of women affected by cancer.
“Cancer Council fundraisers like girls’ night in have resulted in research that has directly impacted the screening, treatment and prevention of breast and gynaecological cancers,” he said.
“Cancer Council is the only charity in Australia that funds research into breast and gynaecological cancers, while providing complete support for anyone affected by women’s cancers.”