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A magical walk with a festive vibe for a good cause
Light the Night is an annual fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation where walks take place across Sydney and, for the first time, beautiful Barangaroo Reserve becomes a host. An evening of entertainment with food and beverage stalls will add to the event, giving it a festival vibe.
Lanterns in blue, white and gold will grace the night in what is a very moving experience. Each lantern colour represents meaning with blue being to show you care and support others, white for your own blood cancer journey and gold to remember a loved one.
With 35 Australians a day being diagnosed with blood cancer and someone losing their life every 2 hours, this is a worthy cause to get behind that will provide funds for research to beat this disease and support for families going through this affliction. Sadly, the disease doesn't discriminate and affects all ages, any time.
You can register online (it's free) to reserve a lantern and get a comprehensive fundraising kit to raise $100 before you walk and shine your light with pride. Family and friends can walk with you on the night or you might want to pop down after work.
There's lots of ideas in the kit and online for raising funds. Perhaps bake and sell cookies at work or socially. 50 cookies at $2 per cookie gets you your $100. Now that's not hard. You can also gather donations or help the foundation by volunteering your time handing out lanterns or being a track marshal with training and support provided.
The aim of these walks is to raise $2million, with every $100 providing emotional support for one family and 1 hour's worth of research. The Leukaemia Foundation needs your help as without it their work wouldn't be possible.
This particular walk starts at Nawi Cove (entrance on Hickson Rd) and heads along the Wulugul pathway that overlooks the harbour, to views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, before returning back to the start point.
The event begins at 5.30pm with lantern collection and registrations. Food and merchandise stalls will be open and roving performers will entertain before the onstage entertainment at 6.00pm. A lantern raising ceremony is on at 7.15pm and the Light the Night Walk begins at 7.30pm. Event close is at 8.30pm. It's a pleasant and easy walk around Barangaroo, no matter your fitness level.
Getting to Barangaroo is easy with public transport. Buses 311, 324 and 325 run from Town Hall and if coming by train, then exit at Wynyard or Circular Quay. Pretty soon it will be even easier when the new Wynyard Walk opens. This new glass canopy tunnel will take you 6 minutes to get from Wynyard to Barangaroo and avoids steep inclines and roads. There's a good chance it will be open in time for this event.
So enjoy this night of lights whilst helping to improve survival rates and quality of life.