In October 2018, the lanterns of gold, white and blue to beat blood cancer returns into Australia. Light the Night is an inspiring lantern ceremony and walk fundraising event.
Six major cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin) will hold this meaningful event on Friday 5 October, expecting over 35,000 Australians will participate.
This year, Federation square is the location for this event in Melbourne.
Jeffrey Goh, Public Relations Specialist of Leukaemia Foundation had indicated by email, the event is in its 11th year and the only event in Australia that brings together the blood cancer community including people living with blood cancer, their families, friends, carers and medical professionals to support each other.
Last year, Light the Night participants together raised a life-saving $2 million.
Bill Petch, CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation said, “Every one of us who participate and raises money for Light the Night will help light the way for those living with blood cancer. Together we will be there to provide the support and services they need to beat their blood cancer.”
Pre-registration for all participants is recommended to reserve a lantern as a large number of people are expected to attend. Walk-in supporters will need to donate at least $20 for a lantern on the event day.
Leisurely pace participants will walk with a lantern for less than three kilometres within an hour.
Blood Cancer is the third biggest cause of cancer death in Australia. There are three main groups of blood cancer: Lymphoma, Leukaemia and Myeloma.
Anyone of any age could suffer from blood cancers, the equivalent of one person every 41 minutes is diagnosed worldwide. Every day another 35 Australians are told they have blood cancer.
Leukaemia and lymphoma are a most commonly diagnosed of blood cancer in children aged 0-14 years in Australia.
Although blood cancer survival rates are improving, unfortunately, someone loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.
By raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation provides every Australian with the support and services to face blood cancer, also, contribute to funds leading medical research that will help more people beat their blood cancer.