Simon Cooper helps set up the Leukaemia Foundation ‘Light the Night’ fundraising night in Wonthaggi last Friday evening by lighting up some of the lanterns that were a feature of the event. m314014
THE Leukaemia Foundation and ‘Light the Night’ organiser Amber Morrissey received great community support at their first major fundraising event in Wonthaggi last Friday night when they raised over $10,000 for leukaemia research.
The weather was perfect for the event, in the Guide Park at Wonthaggi, ideal for the lantern parade and the other fundraising initiatives that go with Light the Night and awareness of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma for which the campaign hopes to find a cure.
“We had about $4000 in before the night and with about 1000 people coming along, we look like having more than $10,000 altogether which is a great, first-time result,” said Amber this week.
“The Margett sisters, Madeline and Justine, lead the lantern walk around the park, in memory of their sister Peta who died of Leukaemia in 2010 and the number of people in the walk stretched right around the park with people still starting out when we were finished.
“The Lions donated the proceeds from their barbecue which boosted the takings. It was great. We certainly hope to make it an annual event,” said Amber.
“I’d like to thank the Lions, the SES, the Police, the Ambos, CFA and everyone who came down and supported us.
“Peter Watchorn was over from the Leongatha Newsagency, who got some extra copies of Peta’s book ‘Being Peta’ in for the night and copies are still available there for $25 each.”