Hosts for Light the Night walk sought

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The Leukaemia Foun­da­tion is call­ing on com­mu­nity-minded peo­ple of the Pil­bara to vol­un­teer to host a Light the Night walk this Oc­to­ber to help lo­cal fam­i­lies af­fected by blood can­cer.

More than 60,000 Aus­tralians are liv­ing with blood cancers in­clud­ing leukaemia, lym­phoma and myeloma, and ev­ery day an­other 35 peo­ple are di­ag­nosed.

Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s an­nual fundrais­ing walk to help more Aus­tralians beat blood can­cer, with lo­ca­tions of com­mu­nity walks now be­ing locked in across the coun­try.

Leukaemia Foun­da­tion gen­eral man­ager An­drew York said most peo­ple knew some­one who had been af­fected by blood can­cer

“The Leukaemia Foun­da­tion sup­ports fam­i­lies through ser­vices such as 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,” he said.

“Host­ing a Com­mu­nity Light the Night Walk is a re­ward­ing way to show you sup­port lo­cal fam­i­lies af­fected by blood can­cer and want to help more Aus­tralians to sur­vive blood can­cer and live a bet­ter qual­ity of life.

“As well as giv­ing the com­mu­nity the chance to walk in sol­i­dar­ity, you will be help­ing us raise the $2 mil­lion the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion needs through Light the Night to con­tinue giv­ing fam­i­lies emo­tional and prac­ti­cal sup­port and fund­ing vi­tal re­search into less har­row­ing treat­ments and cures.”

Walks have been held in Dampier for the past few years and have been well at­tended. Last year, it was com­bined with the Guy Fawkes Night fire­works dis­play.

“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,” Mr York said.

Pic­ture: Ebony Swet­man

Chloe Baartz, 2, Charlotte Hughes, 5, and Lila, 4, and Elisa Baartz took part in the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion's Light the Night walk along Hear­sons Cove in 2013.

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