Newsreaders take on women’s cancers this October

Brisbane radio newsreaders, 97.3FM’s Monique Dews and 4KQ’s Jo Hayes are encouraging Queenslanders to get the girls together now, to keep the girls together later as ambassadors for Cancer Council.

Mon and Jo will join thousands of women helping to beat breast and gynaecological cancers as part of Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In campaign this October – cancers that affect one in six Queensland women in their lifetime.

97.3FM news anchor Monique Dews said Girls’ Night In was a great opportunity to get your loved ones together for a fun and rewarding experience.

“Women love to band together for a cause, and this is a crucial one – we can all get involved in a big or small way to raise awareness about women’s cancers,” Monique said.

“Whether you hold a pink dress-up day at work or bake some pink goodies, host a trip to the movies or invite your girlfriends around for a pink morning tea – there’s plenty of ways to support the Girls’ Night In campaign.”

4KQ news anchor and baking enthusiast Jo Hayes encouraged all Queensland women to take a stand against women’s cancers.

“Your fundraiser can be low-key – baking a few pink biscuits or a cake for your workmates, getting together to have fun, and raising vital funds for women affected,” Jo said.

“The campaign also provides the perfect opportunity to reach out to your loved ones, to make sure they are aware of early detection and prevention, and know that you are there to support them.”

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said getting the girls together to help beat all women’s cancers was an easy and fun way to make a difference.

“One in six Queensland women being diagnosed with a women’s cancer in their lifetime is one in six too many,” Ms Clift said.

“Events like Girls’ Night In raise funds to allow Cancer Council to work across every aspect of women’s cancers, from research to prevention, support and advocacy,” she said.

“This month is also a great opportunity to reach out to your loved ones – ask about their health, encourage them to get screened, lend a helping hand and be a listening ear.

“Simply get the girls together for a fun night in and donate what you would normally spend on a night out – your contribution will support women impacted by cancer through our vital work in women’s cancers research, education and support services.”

This year Cancer Council Queensland aims to raise $1.9 million through Girls’ Night In, including Pink fundraising events.

This October, you can support the fight against women’s cancers by registering to host a Girls’ Night In fundraiser, pink event or purchasing merchandise on the official Pink Ribbon Day (October 26).

For more information about Girls’ Night In, visit or call 1300 656 585.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via or 13 11 20.

For more information, please contact:

Kim Ryan, Senior Media Specialist, Cancer Council Queensland

P. (07) 3634 5239 M. 0488 015 702

For interviews, please contact:

Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland

Ph: (07) 3634 5372 or 0409 001 171