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Fight Like A Woman against breast cancer

Josie Gouvoussis

65 women are told they have breast or gynaecological cancer every day in Australia.

Almost everyone knows of someone who is living with breast cancer. Whether that is a sister, mother, cousin or even a friend-of-a-friend, it affects us all in some way.

Two Canberra Institute of Technology Event Management students, Jessica Kyprios and Chelsea McMahon, are presenting the Fight Like A Woman Dinner where Canberra women can support breast cancer research. For Jessica especially, this issue is very close to her heart.

“My mum is a breast cancer survivor. She has been in remission since 2010, and Chelsea has always wanted to support the cause. When we were working out what to call the event, I found an old World War Two poster and used that image of a woman to represent our philosophy: she’s fighting, she’s tough and she’s not backing down, and that’s how we came up with the name Fight Like A Woman.”

Jessica and Chelsea are aiming “to hold an event worthy of busy women and incorporate more than networking and forging great contacts but, to interact with invited stall operators, women affected by breast cancer and remember those that have been taken by it.”

Fight Like A Woman is the first event of its kind where people from Canberra and the surrounding regions will have the opportunity to win prizes from a raffle and receive vouchers from local businesses.

“Bosom Buddies, which is a Canberra-based breast cancer support group, will be speaking,” Jessica explains. “My mum will be talking about her experience, along with another woman who is currently going through breast cancer treatment. A doctor will also be coming along to raise awareness about breast cancer.”

All attendees can enjoy food and drink, listen to one of the live singers, join in the raffle, bid in the silent auction or donate in order to help reach the fundraising goal of $2000 to be donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation to fund research and support.

HerCanberra readers can receive $10.00 off VIP Tickets ($75.00 + booking fees) which includes a 3 course dinner (entree, main and dessert) served during speakers and entertainment, raffles, games and a gift bag (pink ribbon, pink ribbon pen, pink nail polish, VIP seating, 1 drink voucher and voucher to Apprentice Kitchen) when they purchase tickets and use the offer code HERCANBERRA2018.

the essentials

When: Thursday 24 May 2018 from 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Where: Canberra Institute of Technology, K Block, Level 2, 37 Constitution Ave, Reid
Dress: Smart Casual
Tickets: Eventbrite


Josie Gouvoussis

Josie Gouvoussis is a 16-year-old intern, currently in Year 11 at Radford College, studying Ancient History and English Literature. Born and bred in the nation’s capital, Josie is an aspiring journalist and hopes to one day write her way around Europe. She enjoys meeting, learning from and writing about local Canberrans and the extraordinary lives they lead. She is a low key (by low-key meaning fangirl obsessed) book lover who will read anything from politics and history to gore, crime and fantasy. Usually one can find her lounging around deeply immersed in a fiction novel or swimming with her friends. More about the Author