A SEA of lanterns will brighten Old Bar this weekend as people come together to light the night for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Locals Jack Scanes and Leanne Wood both fought the disease throughout 2012 and as survivors, know all too well how important the work of the Leukaemia Foundation is to ensuring that others come through as they did.
Just as the community got behind them during their battles, they are asking everyone to again come together to support others who are currently undergoing treatment, to raise awareness and to remember those who have lost their lives.
There are more than 50,000 Australians living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders and this figures increases by 31, every day.
Jack and Leanne have organised a twilight walk to the Main Beach at Old Bar, this Saturday, in the hopes of raising $5,000 for research and the hope for a cure.
Everyone is welcome to join in the walk, that is being held in conjunction with the Old Bar festival where an information stall will be set up and merchandise will be available.
There are different ways people can help light the night including signing up to walk, making a donation at the stall, buying a lantern and helping to spread the word.
Three types of lanterns will be available and they are $10 each with Blue for family and friends, white for survivors and patients battling leukaemia and gold in memory of a loved one.
The evening will start from 5.30pm with lantern collection at the barbecue area at the park at Old Bar Beach, where a representative from the Leukaemia Foundation will address the crowd, followed by lantern lighting and the walk from 6pm. Everyone will then gather back at the beach for a barbecue from 7pm.
For further information on how to join in, make a donation or to pre-purchase a lantern, phone either 0423 485 956 or 0481 324 598, otherwise you can speak to someone at the stall at the festival or visit lightthenight.org.au.
Shine some hope this Saturday and join in the 'Light the Night' walk.