Light the Night Aveley: lights highlight serious illness

Stephanie Brown and Jackie Jones with coloured lanterns. Picture: David Baylis d471062
Stephanie Brown and Jackie Jones with coloured lanterns. Picture: David Baylis d471062

BLUE, white and gold lanterns will light up the sky for the third annual Light the Night Aveley in October, with plans already under way to make it the biggest event yet.

Organisers Stephanie Brown and her mother Jackie Jones were inspired to start the event after their own experience with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Mrs Brown was diagnosed with the disease in January 2014 and said she received amazing support from the Leukaemia Foundation during her treatment.

She said hosting her own event in 2015 in Aveley was a way to give back, raise awareness and support others with the disease or family members of those who had died.

Mrs Jones said the event had grown from 200 people attending in 2015 to 300 last year.

“We’re hoping that the third Light the Night Aveley walk will be the biggest and best yet,” she said.

“We decided to hold the event in Aveley to facilitate patients and their loved ones, who found it difficult to travel to the Perth event.

“We found that a lot of people currently in treatment wanted to take part, but were too ill to travel and the Aveley event was closer and more intimate.”

She said the past two events had raised thousands of dollars for The Leukaemia Foundation.

“The first walk in 2015 was a great success and raised $10,000 by the communities of Ellenbrook, Aveley, The Vines and Henley Brook,” she said.

“The main focus for us at this stage is to make people aware of the event and hoping it will be bigger and better than the previous two.

“We are also hoping for sponsorship partners to come on board to help pay for the costs of the event, so it doesn’t have to be paid by The Leukaemia Foundation and reduce the amount spent on research.”

Light the Night fundraisers all receive a coloured lantern to carry and celebrate what they’ve achieved to help people with blood cancer.

The gold lanterns remember those lost to cancer, white lanterns for people who have been diagnosed with blood cancer and blue by the family, friends and community supporting those with blood cancer.

Mrs Jones said feedback to the event so far had been overwhelming. “Feedback from the last two events has been great, with people telling us that the walk was inspirational,” she said.

“To see so many blue lanterns showed how much support there was for people living with cancer. Also seeing the courage of the people carrying white lanterns (those battling cancer) and then the gold lanterns to remember those no longer with us.”

Light the Night Aveley will held at Central Park Aveley from 5.30 on October 7. Businesses wishing to sponsor the event can message Light the Night-Aveley page on Facebook or contact the Leukaemia Foundation on 6241 1010

To register to take part in Light the Night visit lightthenight.org.au.

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