Light the Night is the annual twilight walk to raise much-needed funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. There are many ways one can get involved, for example signing up for the walk guarantees you a lantern (in different colours depending on your experience with cancer: white for those with a personal experience of cancer, blue for their supporters and gold for those remembering a lost loved one). Or, you can take part by collecting donations leading up to the walk, donating online, purchasing a t-shirt or hat or sponsoring someone else taking part.
There will be several events held, however if you’re more than an hour from any of the events you’re encouraged to create your own. The basic programme is the same for all events – participants will gather and collect lanterns that have been paid for by way of entering into the event and paying the donation (if you’ve left it a bit late to get involved you can always turn up on the night and purchase a lantern) and official programming will be followed by a twilight walk lasting no more than an hour (about three kilometres).
If you choose to host an event yourself it needn’t be a huge to-do – just a few families, a street or a neighbourhood will be enough to spread the word and raise funds. Light the Night will help by sending you a fundraising kit including lanterns, posters, invites and a guide to help you plan your own successful event. They’ll promote your event on the website and be on hand to help with advice and tips. Volunteers are also needed for existing events – in fact, the events can’t run without them! Contact organisers to see what you can do to help out.
Most venues will have drinks and food for sale, and public amenities available. Organisers ask that pets are left at home. Events are held from late August to October, and everyone is encouraged to get involved.
The Leukaemia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to finding a cure for leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myeloproliferative neoplasms and myelodysplastic syndrome and related blood disorders such as AL amyloidosis. They assist the patients and their families, providing free resources and information to make life just a little bit easier. Every 46 minutes a person is diagnosed with a blood cancer, with more than 57,000 Australians expected to develop the condition over the next five years. Every two hours, the disease takes another life. By being involved in Light the Night you’ll not only get a lovely evening’s walk, it’ll be a beautiful sight with all lanterns aglow on a spring evening – and you can bask in the knowledge that you’re raising funds for a very worthy cause.