REGION – Communities will band together to help tackle leukaemia through Light the Night during October.
Light the Night is a short fundraising walk for the Leukaemia Foundation, helping people fight the disease and other blood cancers.
A special element is the carrying of lanterns which takes place during the walk. Three different colours are lit up: gold, which honours a lost loved one; white, for those who have battled or are battling blood cancer; and blue, which is a show of support for others.
Two events will be held on the Fleurieu Peninsula: the annual walk run by Ros Hutchinson at Myponga Sporting Club, and a new one along the causeway in Victor Harbor.
People can sign up for the walk at Victor Harbor which is on Friday, October 6, and or Myponga’s event on Friday, October 13, and those who register before the event will receive their lantern for free.
Victor Harbor Light the Night organiser Helen Irvine decided to start the event in honour of a family member who had suffered from leukaemia.
“The Leukaemia Foundation were supportive and very helpful during the time we had to fight the disease,” Helen said.
“We had a donor for our family member and they’re well.
“It’s getting the community involved and sharing in the difficult disease, many people in the community suffer from it.”
She hoped to encourage people to donate blood and stem cells to help those in the community who need it.
“There are people in our community that are searching for a donor,” she said.
Those taking part are to meet at Warland Reserve at Victor Harbor at 6.30pm and enjoy music performed by locals Jack Buchanan and Ben Mortimer, before walking across the causeway and back from 8.15pm. Anyone who can’t walk can enjoy the sight of the lanterns heading across the water.
The Myponga Light the Night event kicks off at 5.30pm for registration and lantern collection, with food and drinks available from 6pm.
An official welcome and the raffle draws will take place at 8pm, the lantern raising ceremony is at 8.15pm, and an hour of walking begins at 8.30pm.
For those who don’t register beforehand, lanterns are $20.
For more information, to register, or to make a donation, visit www.lightthenight.org.au
To register for a specific event, search the town on the website.