Marist girls to kick cancer to the curb

Marist Catholic College, Penshurst, is teaching female students to value themselves. Source: About Schools

To celebrate becoming a new, fully co-educational 7-12 college since last year, Marist College Penshurst will demonstrate its girl power and raise funds for cancer research on October 27.

The college’s female students will hold a Girls’ Night In to support the Cancer Council Pink Ribbon Fund and beat breast and gynaecological cancers.

Masterminded by PDHPE teacher Nicole Katrib, who has been hosting Girls’ Night In events for the last five years, will host the college’s first female event after joining the College this year.

“This will be my sixth year hosting a Girls’ Night In and I am really excited about the students having the opportunity to get together for this cause,” Ms Katrib said.

“The event will also coincide with the one year anniversary of a much loved staff member, Mary Beretov, who passed away from breast cancer this time last year. The community are rallying behind this event to show their support. Many local businesses have provided prizes and services for the mega raffle that will also be taking place on the night.”

The students and female staff will dress in pink and hope to raise more than $2000 by enjoying a karaoke, trivia and dancing.

“As a relatively new coeducational College, this is a fantastic opportunity for our female members of staff, together with our young ladies from Years 7-9, to gather in solidarity and with purpose, to raise money for the fight against breast and gynaecological cancers,” said Chris Morris, Interim Assistant Principal.

“The Girls’ Night In will celebrate female empowerment, an education and awareness of women’s health, as well as enhancing the female culture in the college.”

Money raised from Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In will help fund world-class research into women’s cancers, cancer prevention, advocacy programs and support services.

According to the Cancer Council NSW, in the South Eastern Sydney region alone, it is estimated that approximately 774 people will be diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer in a single year, with around 173 deaths expected.