PUT on your walking shoes, grab a lantern and help light the night to make a difference in the lives of those living with a blood cancer.
Tonight, (October 10) people across Queensland will light their lanterns (white for patients and survivors, blue for supporters and gold to remember a lost loved one) and participate in a sunset walk to raise awareness and support those who are living with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.
This is the third year for the event which saw 1450 people take part in the leisurely stroll around Caboolture's Centenary Lakes last year, a number branch president Jane McMillan is hoping will grow higher.
"Light the Night brings the community together to support those with blood cancer and to remember those we have lost," Ms McMillan said. "We see so many lives touched by these cancers and while there is no known cure, events like this show patients, their families and friends how much support is out there and provides an opportunity to reflect on the impact cancer has on everyone."
Branch patrons - Olympian Jessicah Schipper and boxer Todd Kidd - will also be a part of the Caboolture event.
"This year we also have a special surprise which will take place at 7pm," Ms McMillan said. "It will be a very moving moment."
Light the Night is a free event and along with the walk around Centenary Lakes will also feature live entertainment and the sharing of personal stories from those touched by leukemia and other blood cancers.
"We will have BPW president Kimberly James speaking for those with a blue lantern, Tash Schwartz, whose brother is undergoing treatment will be speaking for those with white and Joy de Nite who lost her husband will speak on behalf of those carrying gold," Ms McMillan said.
Light the Night Caboolture is proudly sponsored and supported by councillor Adrian Raedel, Richardson & Wrench Caboolture, Absolute Sound and Lighting, R&R Hire, Decor Linen, Caboolture Rotary, BPW, Wamuran Fire Brigade and Caboolture SES as well as Channel 7 News.
"We're still looking for more sponsors and would love to hear from anyone who wants to come on board," Ms McMillan said. "Masters Home Improvements has kindly offered to sponsor our Remembrance Garden for the night."
Light the Night will start tonight from 5.30pm with the walk at 7pm at Centenary Lakes.
For further information phone Jane on 0422 584 080.
Register at lightthenight.org.au.
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