More than 100 women from across the Latrobe Valley came together for an afternoon of canapes and bubbles on Sunday, raising money for the Peter MacCallum Research Centre.
The event was organised by a group of friends, who will next month walk 60 kilometres in The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers fundraiser for the research centre.
The team of 12, called March for Team Narelle, were inspired to raise money for women’s cancer after their close friend Narelle Wilkins was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Sunday’s event was just one of the many fundraisers planned.
Held at Three Little Birds, 115 people enjoyed raffles, silent auctions and mystery prizes, with guest speaker Kellie O’Callaghan bringing a few tears to the house with her personal story of fighting cancer.
“Everyone had a really good time and I certainly wasn’t expecting that many people to attend,” team member and event co-organiser Kate Smith said.
About $4200 was raised from the event alone, with the team already collected more than $27,000 to date.
The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers is a two-day 60 kilometre walk through Melbourne, raising money for the Peter MacCallum Research Centre.
The walk will be held on 16 and 17 April.
To donate to Narelle’s team visit www.endcancer.org.au and search for March for Team Narelle.