Crafting cancer sufferers to be survivors

GETTING CRAFTY: Donna Inns (centre) with her Hills helpers (L-R standing) Georgia Lange, Maria Borazio, Sarah Irving, Tara Lockwood, Charlotte Moussa, Gina Lockwood, (L-R sitting) Cheryl Long, Julia Surace and Janine Hennessy. Picture: Kim Lange
GETTING CRAFTY: Donna Inns (centre) with her Hills helpers (L-R standing) Georgia Lange, Maria Borazio, Sarah Irving, Tara Lockwood, Charlotte Moussa, Gina Lockwood, (L-R sitting) Cheryl Long, Julia Surace and Janine Hennessy. Picture: Kim Lange

“Cancer seems to touch us all and that is the best motivator to raise money to help towards a cancer-free world.”

The words of Donna Inns explain the inspiration behind her annual Cancer Council ‘Crafternoon In’, held every October.

The Glenwood woman has tragically lost both her parents to cancer within the past three years.

"That’s what brings us all together; everyone has been touched by it in some way, whether it's someone in their family or a friend," Ms Inns said.

This year, her fundraiser will be held at Glenwood Community Hub on Sunday, October 29, from 2pm to 5pm.

Breast cancer survivor Patricia Samios will be at the Crafternoon to speak about her firsthand experience.

Ms Inns creates craft activities with her ladies committee, including card making, scrapbooking, games and raffles.

GREETINGS: Card making is one of the activities ladies can enjoy at the Crafternoon In fundraiser. Picture: Donna Inns

GREETINGS: Card making is one of the activities ladies can enjoy at the Crafternoon In fundraiser. Picture: Donna Inns

They raise awareness and money for the Cancer Council, while enjoying spending time together and improving upon their artistic talents.

Many Hills ladies attend her Crafternoon, which is currently in its 10th year and has raised more than $14,000.

"This year, I'm hoping that we will raise more money, and get over 100 ladies," Ms Inns said.

"A successful Crafternoon In is also about raising awareness for women to go to the doctor more regularly."

Ms Inns, who has lived in the Hills most her life, helps spread the word through friends including her Hills helpers Cheryl Long, Robyn Matthews, Janine Hennessy, and Gina Lockwood.

“The ladies love to come along and have a great time for a great cause, and continue to tell their friends. This is how we grow every year,” she said.

“If we can do a little bit to help people with cancer, then it just makes it all the better."

Breast cancer and gynaecological cancers’ devastating statistics have been awakening awareness all across Australia, with 65 women being daily diagnosed daily.

The fundraiser will go towards continually improved Cancer Council research, prevention and advocacy programs, awareness, and support services.

“Their motivation is they know they are going to have a great time while raising money for a worthwhile cause. A lot of ladies bring their daughters, so it’s for girls as well," Ms Inns said.

A free goodie bag will be handed out at 72 Glenwood Park Drive attendance, in which everything will be creatively cut up for card making.

RSVP by October 23 to donnainns1@outlook.com and donate here: girlsnightin.com.au/donate/

  • Event cost is $35 per person.