A LIGHT IN THE DARK
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.
STAND TOGETHER: On Friday, Granite Belt residents will gather for the annual Light the Night fundraiser.