ONCE a year, Nicole Darcey gathers a group of friends for champagne, some nibbles and a game or two.
Partway through the evening Mrs Darcey will ask for a show of hands - ``Who here has had a breast check in the past year?''
Tonight Mrs Darcey, a breast cancer survivor, will hold Breasts Out for Research in her East Launceston loungeroom to raise funds for a cure to the cancer.
The group of the same name has raised more than $100,000 since it started in 2006 by urging people to donate money they would otherwise have spent on a night out.
Mrs Darcey said the group, in conjunction with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, aimed for zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.
It marks the year that one of her three daughters turns 30, making her about the same age Mrs Darcey was when diagnosed.
Her daughters serve as the strongest motivation in her fervent fund-raising.
``Cancer touches all of us,'' she said.
``If I can help prevent just one other person from having to go through the breast cancer experience then I will have achieved my original goal.
``Early detection is the best chance of survival.''
Companies including Burger Got Soul and Gradco have helped raise almost $10,000.
About 90 people are expected to attend tonight's event featuring a silent and live auction with an aim to raise $30,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. A Southern event will be held later in the year.
To donate directly to the group, visit everydayhero.com.au/breastsoutforresearch