Ladies enjoy night under the stars for a great cause
IT ALL started in her lounge about 11 years ago, when about a dozen friends gathered at Lyn Ward’s house in Miles, had a night in and raised about $500 for cancer research.
Since 2008, Lyn has held Girls’ Night In every year and through those nights had managed to raised $9545 up until this year.
With the event only growing in size, around 75 people came around to Mrs Ward’s house and enjoyed dinner on her front lawn as part of another fundraiser.
“I have only missed a couple of years since then and this year I wanted to bring the total amount raised to $10,000,” she said.
“We surpassed that by raising close to $2500 at this year’s event, bringing the grand total up to around $12,045.”
Having survived breast cancer herself twice and currently having treatment now, Mrs Ward is unsure if she will be able to keep up the tradition of the Girls’ Night In.
However she is glad to have been able make the contribution that she has and truly hopes she can continue to make a difference.
“I had a lot of support when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer and I felt I wanted to repay the nurses and doctors who helped me,” she said.
“She has and always will have my full support,” husband Neil Ward said.
The night itself was a great opportunity for members of the community to come together and unite for a common cause.
There was yummy food, a hat parade with prizes for the best hat, best fascinator and funniest hat, prizes for the best pink outfit and multiple pink raffles that were donated by local businesses in Miles.
Mrs Ward’s daughter Barb Ward is pleased of everything her mum has achieved.
“I think it gives mum a positive way to fight back against something she has no control over,” she said.
“By raising money, awareness and bringing people together it helps her, her friends and family.”
Although the event is held every year, this year was extra special, not only because it could possibly be the last one but because it was part of Miles Pink Up Your Town initiative.
With many local women experiencing breast cancer, businesses and houses in the town are decked out to raise awareness and show their support for those women in the community who are suffering.