06 February 2020
For Cancer Council SA Ambassador Penny Broadway, hosting a Girls’ Night In isn’t just a chance to gather friends and family together—it’s also a chance to raise vital funds for a cause that’s very close to her heart.
Penny has been a Cancer Council SA Ambassador since 2012, following her own breast cancer diagnosis.
“It was a chance for me to feel motivated and passionate about the cause and use my negative experience in a positive manner,” she said.
Then last year, Penny was told the news that no one wants to hear—the cancer had returned, this time as stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. It had also spread to her liver.
The diagnosis changed her life yet again—she’s now passionate about sharing her story to inspire others facing a similar diagnosis.
“Cancer is too common and I know many people touched by it. Through my involvement with Cancer Council SA, through my relationships and actions, I feel that I’ve made a valuable contribution towards awareness, support and fundraising for Cancer Council SA.”
Despite going through treatment in 2018, Penny was still passionate about giving back and chose to host a Girls’ Night In to raise funds and awareness for women’s cancers.
“I didn’t want to host a physical event in person as I was in the middle of cancer treatment so I decided to host a Frock Shop online. It was such a great success that I decided to do it again this year, but bigger and better.”
Penny’s Online Frock Shop was made up of online items donated by friends, family and work colleagues, with items selling for between $5 and $10.
“It was so amazing to have support from the people around me. I had more than double the clothing items, a new website and even bought a mannequin to help style the items. How good is that?! Cheap clothes, supporting a great charity, sustainable or slow fashion, and you claim it back on your tax.”
“Girl’s Night In is important to me because I have lived through breast cancer and want to increase awareness and provide funding towards life changing research. It’s also a great opportunity to come together with the significant women in your life and share quality time together,” she said.
Penny plans to continue supporting Cancer Council SA, not only to raise funds, but to also support others facing a diagnosis.
“I’m not going to lie cancer is tough. But you can do it! It challenges you physically, emotionally, financially and socially but the silver lining is you come through it with a new perspective on life.”
Hosting a Girls’ Night In event is just one of the ways you can make a difference and Do It For Cancer.
Created by Cancer Council, Do It For Cancer is a community platform that enables you to fundraise any way you like.
Test your endurance, quit a habit, host an event or garage sale, or bring your unique fundraising idea to life. The only limit is your imagination.
Every dollar you raise will go towards helping people whose lives have been affected by cancer. By funding world-class research, prevention and support services across Australia, you can help patients both today and in the future.
For more information about Do It For Cancer, or to register to host your own fundraiser like Penny, visit www.doitforcancer.com.au.