Alana Lowes is calling on ladies to share a meal together this October, to help raise vital awareness, support and funds to beat women’s cancers.
The celebrity cook, TV presenter and writer has prepared an exclusive recipe in celebration of the Girls’ Night In campaign – in a bid to bring people together in support of the cause.
Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In campaign encourages ladies to get the girls together now to keep the girls together later.
One in six Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancers in their lifetime. This year alone, around 4200 Queensland women will be diagnosed with these cancers – and about 850 will die from the disease.
Alana has backed the Cancer Council campaign to show her support for women impacted by the disease and is serving up some delicious advice to encourage others to get involved and make a difference.
“Girls’ Night In offers the perfect excuse to get the girls together and to show your support for the fight against women’s cancers – it’s an easy, fun and delicious way to raise funds and awareness,” Alana said.
“To help the cause I’ve prepared a special recipe you can use to bring your loved ones together ‘Smoked Paprika Grilled Prawns with Chilli Salt’.
“Meals bring people together and I don’t think we should be afraid to use this time as an opportunity to have those all-important conversations with your girlfriends, mothers, grandmas, sisters and daughters – let’s keep on top of our health together.
“Get to know your own body, be aware when little changes happen and never be too scared to visit your doctor and have them checked.”
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the charity was thrilled to have the ongoing support of Alana Lowes for this important cause.
“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,” Ms Clift said.
“Invite your friends over to share a delicious meal, host a movie night, or enjoy a pajama party – there are plenty of ways you can show your support.
“Simply get the girls together for a fun night in and donate what you would normally spend on a night out.”
This year Cancer Council Queensland aims to raise $1.9 million through Girls’ Night In, including Pink fundraising events.
Show your support by registering to host a Girls’ Night In fundraiser, pink event or by purchasing merchandise on the official Pink Ribbon Day (October 26).
For more information about Girls’ Night In, visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via www.cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.
Smoked Paprika Grilled Prawns with Chilli Salt
Makes: 8 skewers
Prep time: 3-5mins
Cook time: 7-8mins
8 large green prawns
1Ž4 cup Alana’s Pantry Spicy Mexico sauce
2tbsp olive oil
3tbsp sea salt flakes
2tbsp dried chilli flakes
To prepare the prawns, remove the shell, leaving the head and tail intact. Skewer the prawn from the tail, through the body and out the head. Repeat with the remaining prawns.
Mix the Alana’s Pantry Spicy Mexico sauce with the olive oil and brush each side of the prawns. Heat a griddle pan to high. Cook the prawns for 3-4mins each side or until cooked through.
Mix the sea salt flakes with the chilli flakes and sprinkle over cooked prawns for extra spice.