GAWLER residents are being encouraged to step up and host the important fundraising event Light the Night later this year.
The well-supported initiative brings blood cancer patients and their families, friends, carers and medical professionals together to help raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Gawler has been a Light the Night location since 2015, when Gawler local Brian Burt and his wife, Ann, who, sadly, passed away from blood cancer just prior to the event, first organised it to be held locally.
In the past couple of years, the Mercer family of Sam, Sue and David have hosted the event, in support of Sam’s fight against leukaemia.
Mr Burt said he would encourage others to consider holding the event, as the Leukaemia Foundation offers so much support for individuals undergoing treatment and their families.
“The event gives support to those who are suffering, but it also raises awareness of blood cancer in the community, which is really important,” he said.
“The event is great and it gets people out of the house and offers them a really friendly and fun night out.
“It also allows people to connect with others, locally, and lets them know that they are not the only one going through that journey.”
Light the Night involves attendees purchasing a coloured lantern – gold, blue or white – with each colour representing something different.
Gold represents remembering a lost loved one, blue is used by individuals to show their support, and white signifies an individual’s own blood cancer journey.
On the evening, attendees use their lanterns while participating in a moving ceremony.
Leukaemia Foundation chief executive Bill Petch said, sadly, most people know someone who’s been affected by blood cancer, and it is important that Light the Night events continue.
“As well as giving the community the chance to come together and walk in solidarity, hosting a Light the Night event is a rewarding way to show your support and help to raise funds to ensure local families affected by blood cancer receive the support they need,” Mr Petch said.
In Australia, there are more than 60,000 people living with a blood cancer, including leukaemia, myeloma, lymphoma, with another 35 people diagnosed every day.
To find out more about becoming a Light the Night host, visit lightthenight.org. au/get-involved or contact 1800 620 420.