The Northern Beaches Girls Night started in a backyard in 2010 after a close friend of Kirsty Gardener was diagnosed with breast cancer. Twenty people attended, raising about $1000. As everybody knows, a cancer diagnosis not only affects the individual, but also family members and friends and sadly, every year in Australia around 17,500 women are diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer.
Last year I was approached to see if I would be interested in providing support in the form of entertainment for this fund raising effort to assist the Cancer Council women’s cancer research, prevention, support programs and those affected by Cancer in general. I immediately offered my support and it was a great night raising $13,000 odd dollars. I was once again approached a few months ago and did not hesitate one nano second to once again provide support for this great cause.
On Friday night in the largest room available at Dee Why RSL, the 2012 Northern Beaches Girls Night In was a sell out with 550 beautiful and generous ladies attending, to have fun, be pampered, be entertained, party and contribute to the fund raising effort…….and what a night it was, an acoustic performance from country music singer-songwriter Amber Lawrence, pampering activities, a photo booth, Bollywood dancers and yours truly the fund raising target was well and truly smashed…with in excess of $33,000 raised.
Rather than writing about how great a night it was, I am going to quote some comments from the Northern Beaches Girls Night In Facebook page instead, but you need only look through the photographs and videos below to see that it was such a fantastic night.
“We all had soooo much fun last night! And soooo much dancing, hahahaa – haven’t done that for a while! Thanks for organising this great event for a great cause, it was awesome.”
“What a fantastic evening last night! I had so much fun especially the Bollywood Dancing! Thanks so much to Kirsty, Jen, Freya all the volunteers and the sponsors for making it such a terrific night. I can’t wait to hear how much money was raised!!”
“All the ladies dancing Gangnam style, Bollywood, YMCA. Girls really know how to have fun. Thank for a fantastic night.”
“Fantastic night…..sore feet from groovn’! Book me in for next year!! Hope you raised lots!”
Big thanks to the organising team of Kirsty, Jen and Freya and also to Bree who played a big part on the evening with auctions etc. It was such a huge honour to be a part of this evening and I am very pleased with the fund raising outcome! Northern Beaches Girls Night In – ladies you truly Rock!!!
Ready for the ladies to arrive
Scooter for Auction and other assorted items
Painting and cricket bat signed by Adam Gilchrist
More auction items including this year’s ‘boob’ cake
The ‘Boob’ Cake
Vase, Baskets and other items
Various baskets of goodies and welcome sampler bags for the first 150 ladies.
Cancer Council Table
The first ladies to enter the room.
Tarot Card Readings
The lovely ladies that made it all possible. From L to R, Bree, Monique (from Major Sponsor, Suncorp), Freya, Kirsty, Jen
The ladies make themselves comfortable
Heads & Tails Game
Heads & Tails contestants start to dwindle
Amber Lawrence performing an acoustic set. Check out the video below with one song featuring Elly.
Girls just want to have fun!….
…and party some more…
…then pose for the camera, while partying….
Preeti & Smrit teaching the Bollywood moves
…before the girls invade the stage….
The ladies end on a high having enjoyed the evening immensely and the lucky winner of the Scooter auction who was VERY excited and extremely ecstatic on hearing that she won.
Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment