GET TOGETHER: Sharyne Burnett, Rebecca Donald, Carl Donald, Naomi Pierce, Alysia Dionysius and Lydia Penner.
GET TOGETHER: Sharyne Burnett, Rebecca Donald, Carl Donald, Naomi Pierce, Alysia Dionysius and Lydia Penner. TCJ Photography

GALLERY: Rachael holds glamourous girls night in

THE CLINKING of wine glasses and mutters of good conversation were on the menu at a special wine tasting evening at The Edge Apartments in October.

More than 30 people gathered to overlook the mighty Fitzroy River all in the name of raising funds for the Queensland Cancer Fund as part of a Girls Night In hosted by Gracemere's Rachael Duggan.

More than $600 was raised on the night and donated to the Cancer Council, an effort that could not have been achieved if not for the help and support of those around her.

Rachael said her motivation to hold the event dawned after seeing many beautiful people close to her affected by some form of cancer.

"It is something that does not discriminate and has such a huge impact on not only those diagnosed, but also on everybody around them," Rachael said.

"I felt the need to do something to contribute to this cause in an aim to help all people affected by cancer and to help the support network around those affected."

The "Wine on the Edge" evening featured a selection of delicious boutique wines for tasting, with exquisite cheese platters to complement.

Two raffles, each valued at more than $100 were put together with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council, which was proudly donated by The Edge Apartment Hotel and Restaurant and the other by Rachael herself.

She said the Cancer Council also supplied some valuable resources for display at the event in the aim to raise awareness and provide more information.

"It was a gorgeous spring afternoon," she said.

"Everybody enjoyed a variety of wines, sparking white, rose and red, originating from our homeland Australia, across the water to New Zealand and to the Lourie Valley in France.

"There was such a great response from this event and it has raised a great donation for the Cancer Council."

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said Queenslanders who hosted a Girls' Night In made a big difference in the fight against cancer.

"Women have never needed an excuse to get together, but if ever there was one - Girls' Night In is it!" Ms Clift said.

"Girls' Night In events can be as big or small as you would like - simply spend a night in with your girlfriends and donate what you would have spent on a night out to Cancer Council Queensland.

Around 3000 Queensland women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, and about 1000 are diagnosed with an ovarian, cervical, vaginal, vulva or uterine cancer.

"Girls' Night In is also an opportunity for women to get together and talk about their health," Ms Clift said.

"From sharing healthy recipes to fitness tips, checking up on cancer screening and sharing personal stories - we want women to connect over their health and wellbeing."

Cancer Council Girls' Night In aims to raise $1.4 million through 3000 hosts in Queensland in 2016.

All funds raised will be invested in vital cancer research, patient support services and prevention programs for women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.

For more information, visit girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council's 13 11 20.



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