LIT UP: Daniel Sims, Debbie Turner, Angie Sims and Emma McConville at Light the Night last year.
LIT UP: Daniel Sims, Debbie Turner, Angie Sims and Emma McConville at Light the Night last year. Kim Micke

Light the night less than a month away

ON Friday October, 19 a sea of gold, white and blue lanterns will fill the sky at the Lions Park, Quart Pot Creek, where the community will come together in solidarity to support each other at the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night.

Now in its fourth year, Light the Night is the only event in Australia that brings together people affected by blood cancer to support each other including people living with a blood cancer, their families, friends, carers, medical professionals as well as those who are remembering loved ones who have passed.

The event is also an important platform for the local community to contribute and raise vital funds for breakthrough research in hopes of a future that is free of blood cancer.

Light the Night includes a beautiful evening lantern ceremony and walk which will see every one attending shine a coloured lantern relevant to their journey with blood cancer.

Gold: to remember a lost loved one

Blue: to show support

White: to signify your own blood cancer journey

Held in over 140 locations across every state and territory in Australia, including Stanthorpe, Light the Night is expected to see more than 35,000 Australians participate this year.

Keeping everyone entertained this year will be David and Sarah Hume, Belinda Lister, Esther Plath and Morwenna Harslett, Jo Barker and the St Joseph's Choir. This talented bunch of people will all contribute their time and talent in support of this leukaemia fundraiser.

Many local community groups have jumped on board once again to offer their assistance towards the success of this event. The Stanthorpe Lions Club will again sponsor the sausage sizzle with delicious pork and beef sausages on bread donated from Foxy's Bakery will be on offer. Stanthorpe McDonald's will generously donate 2 boxes of onion. Soft drinks and water will be available for sale. The staff at Country Kids Early Learning Stanthorpe are eager once again to volunteer their time and services by hosting a Face Painting and children's activities. Cost will be a gold coin donation.

Members from the local Leukaemia branch will have their delicious sweet treats for sale. A multi-draw raffle with great prizes will also be available. Due to the generosity of so many, all prizes have been donated.

The support and generosity from so many ensures the success of this event but it also allows our community to gather and show its solidarity in the fight against this dreaded disease and raises lanterns to light the night. To register for the Stanthorpe Light the Night and secure your lantern, visit

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

Light the Night

When: October 19, 5pm - 8pm

Where: Lions Park, Maryland St, Stanthorpe

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