Tasmanians will walk together at dusk in towns across the state this October to raise funds to support families with blood cancer.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s popular Light the Night event will see those impacted by blood cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, join hundreds of Tasmanians who simply want to show they care.
Light the Night is now in its eighth year and raises funds for blood cancer research and support for families affected by the disease. As well as the Tasmanian flagship event hosted by the Leukaemia Foundation in Hobart on October 2, there will also be dozens of community walks held by local residents across the state.
“Light the Night will be extra special this year as the whole of Tasmania unites to create a brighter future for people with blood cancer,” Stephanie Hechenberger, General Manager of the Leukaemia Foundation in Tasmania, said.
“It’s always an uplifting and visually stunning event that brings families and friends together to light beautiful lanterns, but with so many walks during October it promises to be a spectacular year.”
Sadly blood cancer doesn’t discriminate, with more than 238 Tasmanians expected to be diagnosed this year, which is why people of all ages from all walks of life get involved.
“It is extremely rewarding to host a Light the Night community walk and give more Tasmanians the chance to shine. How big or small the event is up to you,” Ms Hechenberger said.
“Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary has held a walk every year since 2012 and local attendance has steadily increased. It is magnificent to watch the coloured lanterns winding through the sanctuary in the dark, and inspiring to see the community coming together to stand against blood cancer.”
Light the Night attendees will complete a short walk of about 2km carrying one of three coloured lanterns; gold to remember someone, white for their own journey, or blue to show they care.
The Leukaemia Foundation aims to raise $1.5 million nationally to help families by funding vital research to improve treatments and find cures, and continuing to provide free emotional and practical support.
“Last year, Tasmanians spent 285 nights away from home in one of the Leukaemia Foundation’s accommodation units at no charge,” Ms Hechenberger added.
“While research is improving survival, blood cancer claims more Australian lives than breast cancer or melanoma and so more needs to be done. We believe that one day, there will be a cure for everyone and our ongoing investment in research is critical to unlocking that future.”
This year, Hobart’s Princess Wharf 1 will host the Tasmanian flagship walk on Friday, October 2 offering beautiful background and scenery to aid the magic of the night.
Tasmanians can also sign up for one of many events across the state, or set up their own community or private walk, at lightthenight.org.au.
The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding and relies on community support to fund its important work.
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