Supporters make night a success
Tuesday, 7th September, 2010
Despite 55 kilometre per hour winds the Friends of Leukaemia's fundraiser, Light the Night was well-attended.
Even though the sky wasn't awash with gold, white and blue light on Saturday night, about 250 people turned out to celebrate the night in the YMCA hall.
Organiser Katie Maxwell said the night would go on whether it was rain, hail or shine, and it did.
"It was just too windy, so we set up in the YMCA," Mrs Maxwell said.
Friends of Leukaemia is a local group which was formed to support patients suffering from cancer and their families and to raise awareness.
Light the Night entailed buying a balloon, or making a donation and collecting a balloon, then gathering at twilight to carry the balloons, which had a tiny light inside.
There were three different coloured balloons available: Gold represented remembering a loved one that has been lost, white celebrated being a blood cancer survivor and blue meant giving hope and showing support.
Mrs Maxwell said the night and the support was amazing.
"The show of support was just brilliant," she said.
Mrs Maxwell said the weather prevented a planned walk, but the intimacy and the closeness of the community event was even better.
Mrs Maxwell said the balloon lights lit up everything.
"It was amazing night ... just brilliant," she said.
A merry-go-round was set up inside for the children and a sausage sizzle was provided with drinks and coffee.
"It was new for Broken Hill and it was the first time anything like this has been attempted. It has made a lot more people aware," Mrs Maxwell said.
She said it was a beautiful night and people were coming up to her saying how inspirational it was.
"We couldn't have been happier ... being together in close surroundings was just a beautiful feeling," Mrs Maxwell said.
Light the Night aims to be a night for the whole family and will help support sufferers of blood cancers such leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
"The money raised from the night is going towards a village being built in Adelaide for country and regional patients," said Mrs Maxwell.
"Most Broken Hill (cancer) patients attend the Royal Adelaide Hospital or the Flinders Hospital ... treatment for a blood cancer can take three months and up to two years."
"The village will be like a home away from home."
How much was raised on Saturday has yet to be calculated.
The next event planned by Friends of Leukaemia is a movie premiere on September 26.