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Light The Night At Home to Support Leukaemia
What to do during COVID-19 has made many look at what can be done for enjoyment when in lockdown. I recently listened to an artist, who found being locked up for so long and only be able to look out a window or sit on a balcony had made him a little depressed, while still scanning ideas to take him out of the boredom and onto a new level of freedom and creativity.
Photo courtesy of Leukaemia Foundation, Facebook
Yet, one non-profit organisation has gained more interest from Australians during the COVID-19 occurrence. The Leukaemia Foundation's annual Light the Night has received a record number of sign-ups with families interested to host an event at home; in lounge rooms, backyards, hospital wards, driveways etc. So far, Australians have raised an astonishing $60,000 and can be applauded as this is the highest amount raised this early in the campaign in over a decade. Registrations are still open and organisations are hoping more residents will come together to raise valuable funds and awareness.
Light the Night Event has been hosted for the past thirteen years bringing together many families, patients, carers, friends, medical and research staff in support of a future free of blood cancer. Leukaemia is a blood form cancer, which hinders the body to fight infection. The disease can be aggressive or slow-moving and many of the latter do not show any symptoms. An aggressive Leukaemia can cause fatigue, weight loss, frequent infections, bruising and easy bleeding. Some patients require chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
This disease needs your assistance to raise funds for medical research. If you would like to participate, have a bar-be-que in the backyard and invite a couple of friends to your home, the Leukaemia Foundation asks you to light three coloured lanterns to symbolise the different way blood cancer has touched lives of so many.
White is in honour of the blood cancer journey
Gold is in memory of those we have lost to blood cancer
Blue is to support someone facing blood cancer.
In Australia alone, there is over 110,000 people diagnosed with a blood cancer.
On Saturday 10th October 2020 at 8.00pm AEST, registered participants will be able to stream the official ceremony via YouTube or through lightthenight.org.au A glowing map of Australia will show thousands of Instagram posts from across the country through the hashtag #LightTheNightAU.
If you cannot have an event at home, you may like to donate or sponsor someone else. This can be one through the Website.
The Leukaemia Foundation would like to thank their partners Bridgestone, Holden, Brydens Lawyers, Koji and Simon National Carriers for their continued support.