Mon and Jo get the girls together to beat women’s cancers

97.3FM and 4KQ Breakfast radio newsreaders Monique Dews and Jo Hayes have signed up as national ambassadors for Girls’ Night In, supporting the 1 in 6 Queensland women diagnosed with a women’s cancer in their lifetime.

The radio newsreaders are calling on Queenslanders to get the girls together this October, raising funds and awareness for breast and gynaecological cancers.

97.3FM newsreader Monique Dews said the pair’s Girls’ Night In would be a twilight walk in Brisbane.

“The beauty of Girls’ Night In is that you can get the girls together – anywhere, anytime – to raise funds and awareness for such a crucial cause,” Monique said.

“11 women diagnosed with a breast or gynaecological cancer every day in Queensland is 11 too many – we need to do all we can to reduce the impact of these cancers.

“We’re calling on all Queenslanders to get involved with Girls’ Night In – register to host an event, or help a girlfriend cater a fundraiser.

“Spend a night in with your girlfriends and donate what you would have spent on a night out to Cancer Council Queensland.”

All funds raised through Girls’ Night In are invested in vital cancer research, patient support services and prevention programs for women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.

One in six Queensland women will be diagnosed with a women’s cancer in their lifetime – around 4000 women this year alone.

4KQ newsreader Jo Hayes shared a favourite recipe with Queensland* to help motivate and inspire others to get creative for their Girls’ Night In.

“My macadamia and lemon myrtle anzac biscuits are the perfect party snack to accompany your Girls’ Night In – whether it’s a movie night, pamper party or pot luck dinner,” Jo said.

“Girls’ Night In events can be as big or small as you would like – Cancer Council is expecting about 3000 clothes swaps, cooking nights or games nights this year in Queensland alone.

“You can use the night to get the girls together to talk about their health too – check in on fitness goals, swap healthy recipes and share your stories to raise awareness.”

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

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

For more information, visit or call 1300 65 65 85.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at or Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.


For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift,
Executive Manager,
Media and Spokesperson,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5372
Mobile: 0409 001 171


*Jo’s macadamia and lemon myrtle anzac biscuits

1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup unsalted macadamias, roasted and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon myrtle
2 tablespoons golden syrup or treacle
150g unsalted butter, chopped
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda

• Preheat oven to 170°C. Place the flour, oats, sugar, coconut, macadamias and lemon myrtle in a large bowl and stir to combine.
• In a small saucepan place the golden syrup and butter and stir over low heat until the butter has fully melted.
• Mix the bicarb soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons water and add to the golden syrup mixture. It will bubble whilst you are stirring together so remove from the heat.
• Pour into the dry ingredients and mix together until fully combined. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper, pressing down on the tops to flatten slightly.
• Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.