Blue, gold and white lanterns lit up the night at RV Homebase on Friday, October 7 as residents walked the Village streets to end blood cancer.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s annual Light the Night walk is one of the country’s largest cancer fundraising initiatives, each year raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for research and patient support services.
RV Homebase residents and village Light the Night co-organisers, Glenn and Shelley Anderson said they were “pinching themselves” with the outcome of the event.
“The night was a great success, with everyone joining in the spirit and having a wonderful time,” Shelley said.
Every day 35 people are diagnosed with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorders and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help.
About 130 residents joined the walk and raised a total of $3,139.65, which was matched dollar for dollar by the RV Homebase management team, resulting in the total amount donated to the Leukaemia Foundation being $6,279.30.
Each resident carried a lantern — gold lanterns were carried by people to remember a loved one, white lanterns were carried by those going through their own blood cancer journey, and blue lanterns were carried by people to support others they know with blood cancers.
“We are absolutely astounded at the success of the event, the support from everyone was amazing, not to mention the support provided by the RV Homebase team which was just incredible,” Glenn said.
“Everyone at RV Homebase should be very proud of what we all achieved.”
The couple, who had been personally touched by leukaemia, were inundated with stories about the blood cancer after posting notice of the event last month.
One story in particular that touched many hearts on the night was that of RV Homebase resident John Brydon, who had been undergoing treatment for Leukaemia at a Brisbane Hospital.
John’s wife Robyn, who was being supported by the Leukaemia Foundation while her husband was undergoing treatment, said the support for Light the Night would have been life changing for many families.
“John has blood cancer and we have for over the past 12 months been housed in leukaemia units in Brisbane,” Robyn said.
“Between the support we are getting here in not having to worry about the costs of accommodation, etc, and the support at home in not having to worry about anything there, I have been able to concentrate on John.
“The support of the foundation is amazing and all free. We get accommodation, there is a car we can use if we need and a bus does the hospital rounds each day — so to us, every dollar helps.”
The RV Homebase community would like to thank special sponsors: Dan Murphy, Bunnings, Haymans Electrical, Carriers Arms Hotel/Motel, West Side Tavern and Greg’s Meat TINANA Butchery for their support.
Photos supplied by Erich Nussbaumer.