A LIGHT IN THE DARK

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TO­MOR­ROW night, Stan­thorpe will join 140 cities and towns across Aus­tralia to Light the Night.

This Leukaemia Foun­da­tion fundraiser is fast be­com­ing a pop­u­lar way for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to show their sup­port and raise much-needed funds for re­search into leukemia and blood can­cers.

This year, Jane Ker­ridge is the Blue Lantern Am­bas­sador and Laura Sul­li­van is the White Lantern Am­bas­sador.

Both ladies will be part of the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony and will lead the walk to­gether with af­fected fam­ily mem­bers.

Many lo­cal com­mu­nity groups have ea­gerly jumped on board to of­fer their as­sis­tance to­wards the suc­cess of the event.

The St Joseph’s Teen Vin­nies are ex­cited to host a but­ton badge mak­ing ta­ble as well as as­sist with the as­sem­bling of the lanterns.

The badge mak­ing adds a dif­fer­ent fea­ture to this year’s event. The cost will be a gold coin do­na­tion.

The Stan­thorpe Ro­tary Club is a proud spon­sor for this project.

Stan­thorpe Ro­tary pres­i­dent Mor­wenna Harslett said Stan­thorpe Ro­tary al­ways tried to as­sist lo­cal com­mu­nity events.

“It’s re­ally lovely to see the youth keen to be in­volved in this fundraiser,” she said.

“We didn’t hes­i­tate to spon­sor the $100 re­quired to as­sist with this ven­ture.”

Louise Duell, who is the act­ing cen­tre man­ager for Coun­try Kids Early Learn­ing Stan­thorpe, was also keen for her staff to be in­volved in this year’s Light the Night.

“I lost my mother to leukemia, so I want to do my bit to help raise much-needed funds for re­search,” she said.

“It’s also an ideal way for our busi­ness to show their sup­port. My staff will vol­un­teer their ser­vices and time by host­ing a face paint­ing ta­ble.

“This year, while the kids are wait­ing to have their face painted, we will also have a play dough ta­ble. Cost will be a gold coin do­na­tion.”

The Stan­thorpe Lions Club is once again gen­er­ously run­ning the sausage siz­zle and sale of cold drinks.

De­li­cious pork and beef sausages from Plaza Butch­ery with bread from Foxy’s Bak­ery will be on of­fer. Stan­thorpe McDon­ald’s has gen­er­ously do­nated the onions.

Mem­bers from the lo­cal Leukaemia Foun­da­tion branch will be sell­ing de­li­cious home-baked good­ies as well.

Many lo­cal busi­nesses have also of­fered their sup­port by do­nat­ing raf­fle prizes.

The sup­port and gen­eros­ity from so many en­sures the suc­cess of this event as the Stan­thorpe com­mu­nity gath­ers and shows its sol­i­dar­ity in the fight against this dreaded dis­ease and raises lanterns to light the night.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to at­tend. Please bring chairs and/or blan­kets.

Mu­sic will be pro­vided by lo­cal band Chas­ing the Fence, with a spe­cial per­for­mance by Joanne Barker dur­ing the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony.

PHOTO: FILE

STAND TO­GETHER: On Fri­day, Gran­ite Belt res­i­dents will gather for the an­nual Light the Night fundraiser.

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