Jo and Tina’s first Girls’ Night In was held in 2015 not only to raise money for Cancer Council, but to celebrate Tina completing chemotherapy for breast cancer. They raised an extraordinary $9,357.
This year the sisters are determined to raise $10,000, and the residents of Iluka and the surrounding area in northern NSW will be doing everything they can to help.
“The first year was very emotional for me, but it was amazing,” Tina said.
“People from everywhere turned up and some very close friends and family surprised me.”
Last year 200 guests turned out for the minion-themed night at the Iluka Bowling Club, raising $8,156. “Everyone went all out with their costumes which made it a lot of fun,” Jo said.
“We want to continue to help with the research of women’s cancers as it is a very important cause and very personal to most of us.” Jo thinks the locals feel the same way. “We were showered with support and generous donations from the community and people are already asking about the event for this year!”
The girls have locked in October 21, and they’re approaching their third event as pros. They charge a $10 entry fee and ask everyone to bring a plate to keep costs down, while the bowling club donates the band. Local businesses came to the party too, donating more than 100 prizes for raffles, door prizes, and for best costumes. Jo and Tina were surprised to see people even bringing more prizes on the night to add to the pile.
As well as a costume theme, they ask people to wear some pink, and anyone who wants to fundraise on the night can. The first year they held their Girls’ Night In, Tina and Jo had someone hold a lolly-guessing competition with all the money from the guesses going to the event.
And everyone gets a “cancer sucks” lollypop, just to remind guests why they’re there.