BALLARAT’S night sky will shine tomorrow as hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the second annual Light the Night event.
Run by the Leukaemia Foundation, the twilight walk is for family and friends of those affected by the common blood disease. They will hold lanterns in memory and support of anyone battling the condition.
All money raised on the night will go towards the foundation in an effort to fund blood cancer research and provide free services to support people living with the disease.
Ballarat organiser Evan Fraser will hold a gold lantern to remember his mother, who lost her battle with acute myeloma leukaemia in 1985.
Mr Fraser said he expected the money raised this year to almost double last year’s effort.
“Last year we raised just over $5000, which was a great start,” he said.
“Hopefully this year we can have a better outcome and raise the bar to $10,000.”
This year’s event will include face painting, a sausage sizzle, refreshments and a performance by Phoenix P-12 Community College of their musical, Dr Seuss.
Every 46 minutes an Australian is diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, while every two hours someone dies from one of these blood cancers.
AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Light the Night
WHEN: Friday, 5.30pm - 9pm
WHERE: Corner of Stawell and Eureka streets