Lanterns to light the sky in support of leukaemia patients
MORE than 500 people are expected to fill the night sky over Limestone Park with colourful lanterns for the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night Walk.
Ipswich residents are invited to participate in the uplifting show of support for those suffering from leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood-related disorders.
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland CEO Bill Petch said about 10,000 Queenslanders now regularly attended the annual Light the Night walks.
"This special evening gives anybody impacted by blood cancer an opportunity to gather with their friends, family and work mates in a positive environment with others that understand the journey they are on," Mr Petch said.
"Prior to the event we're encouraging participants to fundraise individually and in teams to support vital patient support services and medical research.
"Our goal of increasing the number of blood cancer survivors cannot be achieved without the help of fundraising efforts from the community."
Like many people, Leukaemia Foundation regional events co-ordinator Pat Hooper has been personally impacted by blood cancer and said the Light the Night Walk was a show of support for patients and families affected.
"It's a free community event and lanterns will be released at the same time in 13 different locations across Queensland," she said.
"The real push is on awareness. People need to understand blood cancer better and need to know the services the Leukaemia Foundation is able to provide.
"Last year alone we provided 40,000 nights of accommodation to families whose loved ones were being treated. We put over $1 million into research every year. There's some very exciting progress within the research areas and that's fantastic."
Other Queensland Light the Night walk locations include Brisbane, Bundaberg, Caboolture, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.
"We'll have three different colours of lantern, white for those who've lived with cancer, blue for supporters and gold for the friends and family of sufferers," Ms Hooper said.
"The event will also have music performances from local school groups and popular local artist Neil Duddy.
"It will be a beautiful walk, it's a lovely event to be a part of."
Those wishing to participate must register before 5pm on Tuesday, October 14 at lightthenight.org.au to receive a free lantern to light.