Melton women are being encouraged to round up the girls and host a Girls Night In this month.

The Girls’ Night In campaign runs throughout October and November is one of the Cancer Council’s major fundraisers to help support women diagnosed with a breast or gynaecological cancer.

Melton resident Bronwyn Mills and her friends will join more than 2000 women who will be hosting sleep-overs, dinner and movie nights, pamper parties and a heap of other creative gatherings.

“We think that cancer is something that strikes a chord with so many people and we wanted to be involved by hosting a Girls Night In,” Ms Mills said.

In Melton each year, 195 local women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 76 women are diagnosed with a form of gynaecological cancer.

Bernadette Kennedy, of Cancer Council Victoria, said this fundraiser was a simple and fun way to get the girls together to socialise while raising funds for a good cause.

“Since 2005, Girls’ Night In hosts have helped raise over $12 million in Victoria,” Ms Kennedy said. “It can also be ideal opportunity to highlight the need for regular screening for breast and gynaecological cancers among your group of friends.

“You can make your event as big or as small as you like – a casual dinner party, a dress-up movie night, a pampering session.

“The possibilities are endless and any event you host will help support women affected by breast or gynaecological cancer.”

Information: www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.