Around 40,000 Australian families face the challenges of leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders every day. And every 46 minutes, another person is diagnosed. (The Leukaemia Foundation)
Light the Night is an annual event held by The Leukaemia Foundation, and hopes to raise money to give the afore mentioned people to hope for a brighter future. This nation wide appeal calls on people who like to brighten the lives of others – to Light the Night with lanterns of love, life and hope. A golden lantern represents a 'love light', for remembering a loved one. A white 'life light' reflects on your own battle with blood cancer, and to show hope and support for those out there who need it, a blue lantern represents hope.
There are many ways you can get involved.
Attend an event: Major events are held nationwide, and for Melbournians the walk will be at Alexandra Gardens. By registering online for $20 (for kids 12 and under it is free), you can be part of this enlightening event and receive entry to the walk, access to food stalls, live entertainment with guest performance Kate Ceberano, and your lantern to keep. Geelong and Tralgon also have community walks, held at Steampacket Gardens and Victory Park respectively.
Bring a team:
Whether from work, school or your local church, get a sense of team spirit and support by fundraising with your team, then attend Light the Night together with a pure sense of accomplishment and acknowledgement for the people who have inspired you. There are many fundraising ideas found on the website here, and even a yummy recipe of angel cakes that your team can bake and sell. If you raise extra funds, you may qualify for incentive prices awarded at raising $250, $500 and $1000.
Volunteer: Particularly for the large capital city events, The Leukaemia Foundation is looking for passionate and energetic volunteers to join their team of helpers. Activities involve helping with various organisational activities, for example welcomining attendees, track and parking marshalling, general crowd control, selling merchandise or food/drink and general site maintenance. If you are interested in helping, fill out the form found on this link.
Sponsor someone: If you are unable to take part in this event yourself but still want to support this great foundation, you opt to sponsor someone you know or make a general donation to Light the Night through here.
This September 21, whether you choose to partake in the event or give your support in other methods, remember to give a thought to those who need it most.