Help us Light the Night in your community
Publish Date: 22/7/2016
The Leukaemia Foundation is calling on community-minded people to volunteer to host a Light the Night fundraising walk this October and help beat blood cancer.
Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual fundraising walk, with locations of community walks now being locked in across the country.
More than 60,000 Australians are living with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and every day another 35 people are diagnosed.
“Sadly, most of us know someone who has been affected by blood cancer,” said Leukaemia Foundation CEO, Bill Petch. “The Leukaemia Foundation provides patients and their families with a range of services including emotional support, accommodation during their weeks and months of treatment in the city, as well as transport to and from chemotherapy – all at no cost to them.
“We need to raise $2 million to continue this important work and make a real difference in the lives of people living with blood cancer and we can’t do this alone. This event is an opportunity for communities to walk in solidarity and raise vital funds.”
Since 2008, families and friends have gathered across Australia to walk at Light the Night. Last year, 30,000 Australians walked around the country, each person shining a special lantern:
- Gold, to remember a loved one
- White, for their own blood cancer journey, or
- Blue, to support others
Josh Sullivan and his young family spent nine months in the Leukaemia Foundation’s Bassendean apartments, free of charge, while he underwent three rounds of lifesaving chemotherapy and a transplant for AML.
“When I was diagnosed, the Leukaemia Foundation followed the doctor in the door,” said Josh. “Within a few days we had somewhere to stay so we didn’t have to think about that… and we couldn’t have asked for any more than they (the Foundation) gave us.” Read Josh’s story.
“Our Light the Night community hosts are critical to bringing a little light into the lives of others, whether their walk involves a few families and friends in the local park, or a big event supported by councils,” said Bill.
“If your immediate thought is ‘I’d like to do that but I’m not sure I have the time’ or ‘I’ve never done something like this before’, our message is not to feel daunted. Our team will give you advice over the phone, send lanterns, posters and a guide to planning a successful event in your community and even help promote your walk by listing it on the Light the Night website and creating your walk’s own Facebook event.
“If the idea of being a host sparks your interest, please get in touch so we can answer your questions and give you all the information you need to decide if it’s right for you.”
To find out more about becoming a Light the Night Community Walk Host, visit www.lightthenight.org.au/host or call 1800 500 088.