Join walk and help be the light in their dark­est hour

Wangaratta Chronicle - - What's On This Weekend -

TODAY an­other 35 peo­ple will be told they have blood can­cer.

Be the light in their dark­est hour and join Wan­garatta’s Light the Night for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion at Apex Park on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7 at 5.30pm.

Now in its 10th year, Light the Night is a unique event bring­ing Aus­tralia’s blood can­cer com­mu­nity to­gether in more than 100 lo­ca­tions to re­mem­ber and re­flect dur­ing a moving cer­e­mony and short lan­tern walk.

This year’s walk in Wan­garatta will be hosted by the Bendigo Bank.

“The bank is heav­ily in­volved in the com­mu­nity and we wanted to do some­thing for this very worth­while cause,” said Jenelle Kiely, Bendigo Bank’s Wan­garatta branch cus­tomer re­la­tion­ship of­fi­cer.

Last year, more than 35,000 peo­ple from ev­ery Aus­tralian state and ter­ri­tory at­tended 143 Light the Night events.

Those at­tend­ing raise money be­fore­hand to help give lo­cal fam­i­lies fac­ing blood can­cer the emo­tional and prac­ti­cal sup­port that will light the way for­ward.

Light the Night fundrais­ers all re­ceive a coloured lan­tern to carry as dark­ness falls and cel­e­brate what they’ve achieved to help peo­ple with blood can­cer.

They hold gold lanterns to re­mem­ber loved ones lost to blood can­cer, while fund- rais­ing to help oth­ers fac­ing a sim­i­lar chal­lenge.

Those who carry a white lan­tern have been di­ag­nosed with blood can­cer them­selves, rais­ing money to make a bet­ter fu­ture for those who may have to fol­low in their foot­steps.

Blue lanterns are raised high by the com­mu­nity that sur­rounds us all, fund­ing the life-sav­ing sup­port ser­vices that their fam­i­lies or some­one THE CHRON­I­CLE, Thurs­day, September 28, 2017 - they know may one-day need.

There will also be live mu­sic, food, en­ter­tain­ment and a short lan­tern walk.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to Face­book - Wan­garatta Light The Night. Page 21

PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

LIGHT­ING UP THE NIGHT: Bendigo Bank staff (from left) Kayla Grounds, Lau­ren Hed­dle and Jenelle Kiely are host­ing this year’s Light the Night for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

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