FOR the past few years Nirranda resident Maree Sim has held a Girls’ Night In many would be proud of.
With buses to her home, live bands and a few drinks the regular event attracted up to 100 people each year who looked forward to the social event and a chance to get together for a good cause.
This year though Ms Sim had moved house and the event was in question, albeit only for a little while, until a new venue was found.
She said many of the regulars were disappointed to think there may not have been a Nirranda Girls’ Night In held this year.
She sought out a venue and while this year the crowd may not be bused out of town, you can bet those heading along to the Hotel Warrnambool will be just as keen to have a great time and raise much-needed funds for cancer-related causes.
Ms Sim is a registered nurse at Warrnambool Medical Clinic, South West Healthcare and Cobden Health and said she regularly saw the effects cancer had on patients and their families which was one of the reasons she supported South West Healthcare and the Cancer Council fund-raiser each year.
Every day in Australia about 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer.
Girls’ Night In and Pink Ribbon fund-raisers help the Cancer Council raise money for research to help beat women’s cancers.
This year Ms Sim has chosen to donate some of this year’s proceeds to the regular beneficiaries as well as Peter’s Project, for an integrated cancer-care centre in the south-west.
She said with the current hype generated within the community for Peter’s Project it was important to keep the momentum going.
“It’s benefiting everybody. It’s tremendously generous. We’ve got to bring it home. We’ve got this far,” Ms Sim said.
Hotel Warrnambool publican Stephen Philpot has donated the use of the Ozone room and supper, and local businesses had also generously donated prizes for Friday evening’s event.
The Girls’ Night In will be held tomorrow at 7pm. There will be supper and music from 8pm by The Monicas and other live musicians.
“We’ve got some great prizes, we also do lucky dips. It’s a great night to catch up and that’s what we’ve pushed the last couple of years,” Ms Sim said.
Raffle prizes up for grabs include accommodation packages at Port Fairy and the Grampians, and Warrnambool Racing Club memberships.
Ms Sim said the event usually attracted between 80 and 100 people and she was hoping for about 150 people this year.