LANTERNS will light the night sky over Bicentennial Park on Wednesday as the city bands together to raise much needed funds for blood cancer research.
In its sixth year, Light the Night is an uplifting, visually stunning event that brings families and friends together to shine lanterns of hope.
Each colour has a meaning: gold for remembrance, white for someone fighting blood cancer and blue to show support.
As night falls, participants raise their lanterns to the sky and take a gentle walk.
The second most common cause of cancer death in Australia, blood cancer claims more lives each year than better-known cancers such as breast cancer or melanoma.
Currently about 50,000 Australians live with blood cancer and another 11,500 are expected to be diagnosed this year.
The event begins at 5.30pm from the park’s McKeller stage where Tamworth City Dance Academy and Gabrielle MacDonald, the lead in the recent Tamworth Music Society’s Sound of Music, will form part of the entertainment on the night.
A barbecue, coffee cart and Dutch pancakes and waffles will also be on site to ensure no one goes hungry.
Money raised from the twilight walk will be invested in leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma research in leading Australian hospitals and institutes.
Since 2005 the Leukaemia Foundation has invested more than $30 million in research with guidance from an independent panel of experts.
For further information or to sign up for a lantern, visit www.lightthenight.org.au