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Beating blood cancer in the Torres Strait

Retimoi Loftes

Darnley Island Light the Night organiser Retimoi Loftes

It’s nearly 1200 kilometres north of Townsville and has a population of just 400 but that didn’t stop one Eastern Torres Strait island from helping us beat blood cancers in 2014.

Despite its remoteness, the tiny community of Darnley Island raised its lanterns and took part in our state-wide Light the Night fundraiser in October – inspired by organiser Retimoi Loftes, who holds the event close to her heart.

While undergoing a stem cell transplant for myeloma in Townsville, Retimoi is being supported by Donna, a member of our Far North Queensland support staff. Donna also looked after Retimoi’s sister-in-law who sadly lost her battle with lymphoma several years ago.

Incredibly, this was Darnley Island’s second Light the Night walk and planning is already underway for 2015.

After their Light the Night walk, Retimoi said: “I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Darnley community, the school kids and the church for taking time out to join my family and I on this important event that raised $900 last year and $700 this year.

“Both events were very successful and very informative to the community.”

Thank you to Retimoi and everyone on Darnley Island for helping us beat blood cancers with your love, sweat and tears.

Light the Night on Darnley Island

Three Elders of the community carried the three different coloured lanterns, with other community members carrying their torches covered over with brown paper bags.


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