Leanne Prior was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. In 2008, she began holding a yearly Girls’ Night In – her own personal way to say a heartfelt thank you to all those that supported her through her diagnosis and treatment.
Although having her own battle, cancer has also touched Leanne’s mother, mother-in-law and numerous friends.
In 2008 she decided to hold her very first Girls’ Night In bowling night at the Somerton Park Bowling Club and is now an Ambassador for Cancer Council. This was only the first of many yearly traditions for Leanne and her friends and family.
“I truly believe that I benefitted from all the fundraising events prior to my diagnosis, so this is my opportunity to ‘give back’,” she says.
“The money raised goes to education, research and improving treatment of people with breast cancer which is a wonderful cause.”
She explains the wonderful feeling of having an army of people supporting the cause very close to her heart.
“The atmosphere of having 440+ women in one room for one cause all dressed in pink is overwhelming...and a lot of fun!
“The best thing for me is the opportunity for girls only to come together united in a common cause. I get to see a lot of my friends and we all have a great time.”
From lawn bowls to movie nights and (for the past four years) quiz nights, Leanne and her committee continue to invest their time and effort in the fight to beat cancer.
“I have the most amazing Girls' Night In committee now, consisting mostly of friends who were with me at the time of my diagnosis. These are wonderful women who help sustain our interest and passion for Girls' Night In.”
After having 440 attending last year’s quiz night, they are hoping for over 500 this year.
“People dress up as they vie for the best dressed table prizes, and generally it’s a lot of fun! We have people who have been to every one of our events which shows amazing support,” she added.
Whether it's an intimate gathering at your home, or an event out at a venue, spending time with your friends is all part of Girls' Night In – Cancer Council’s campaign to beat women’s cancers in Australia.