Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - Story by BEV JOR­DAN Photo by KYM THOM­SON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

A sea of 450 blue, white and gold lanterns weaved their way around Bella Vista Farm on Satur­day at the first Hills Light The Night event in sup­port of the blood can­cer re­search.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Feona Hen­ness said they were moved by the size of the crowd and the sup­port for the walk which they hoped would raise $25,000 for the Leukeamia Foun­da­tion, far ex­ceed­ing their $15,000 tar­get.

“It was very mov­ing to watch the lanterns be­ing lit and then raised: gold to re­mem­ber loved ones lost, white for those di­ag­nosed them­selves and then the blue to show com­mu­nity sup­port. “

She ad­mit­ted a few tears were shed when the “dark­ness trans­formed into a sea of glow­ing light”.

“A huge thank you to The Hills Shire Coun­cil and the Orange Blos­som Fes­ti­val for giv­ing us this op­por­tu­nity. We could not have done it with­out them.”

Light the Night white lantern am­bas­sador Char­lotte with her mum, Fiona Gold­smith

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