PINK LADIES: Abby Wallace, Dani Yannoulis and Rowena Terone from Cancer Council Northern NSW kick off Pink Ribbon month.
PINK LADIES: Abby Wallace, Dani Yannoulis and Rowena Terone from Cancer Council Northern NSW kick off Pink Ribbon month.

Think pink this October for Breast Cancer Awareness

OCTOBER is Pink Ribbon month and people and businesses around the Northern Rivers are organising events to keep you busy from start to finish.

Goonellabah Tavern event organiser Kim Dowling hosted one Girls Night In event last week.

She said the event, held at the tavern annually, was particularly special this year.

"A very close friend of mine has just undergone surgery for breast cancer, which does make the event this year even more meaningful for me," Ms Dowling said.

She said there were also plans for a Girls Night In at Ocean Shores on October 23.

"We also own the Ocean Shores Tavern, and after the success of the event at Goonellabah Tavern we began hosting a similar event at Ocean Shores," Ms Dowling said.

Cancer Council Northern NSW community engagement manager Abby Wallace said all money raised at the community events would go to supporting women with cancer.

"We are hoping the community will support Pink Ribbon by hosting their own Pink Ribbon fundraiser or Girls Night In, or buying merchandise on Pink Ribbon Day," she said.

Nadine Toniello organises a Pink Ribbon event every year at Wollongbar Public School.

"It's open to all females linked to the school ... students can bring their grandmas, friends (and) neighbours," she said.

Ms Toniello said Pink Ribbon month was a great opportunity for women to get together while raising money for cancer research and treatment.

"I have a passion for the Cancer Council. I have had a couple of friends recently with breast cancer but I did it (organised events) prior to that," she said.

In the Northern NSW region, 350 people will be diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer by 2016, according to the council.

To register a Girls Night In event during October visit girlsnightin.com.au. Pink Ribbon Day is on October 23. 



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