Light the night for a great cause

EVENT TONIGHT: Julie Marshall in Mackay attended a previous year’s Light the Night at The Gooseponds.
EVENT TONIGHT: Julie Marshall in Mackay attended a previous year’s Light the Night at The Gooseponds. Peter Holt

FOR the first time, Mackay residents will join with more than 30,000 other Australians on a single night at the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night walk.

The popular event on tonight will see those impacted by blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, join one of 10 walks in Queensland and almost 100 walks across Australia including The Gooseponds.

Thousands of Australians will join together on one night to remember loved ones and their own blood cancer journey, or simply to show they care.

Light the Night is now in its eighth year and raises funds for blood cancer research and support for families affected by the disease.

Everyone who attends Light the Night will walk around 3km, carrying one of three coloured lanterns; gold to remember someone, white for their own journey, or blue to show they care.

"Light the Night in Mackay will be extra special this year as the community unites with the rest of Australia to create a brighter future for people with blood cancer," Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland chief executive officer Bill Petch said.

"It's always an uplifting and visually stunning event that brings families and friends together to light beautiful lanterns, and with so many walks on a single night it promises to be a spectacular year," he said.

Queenslanders can donate to Light the Night by visiting


Where: The Gooseponds, Malcomson Street, Mackay

When: Tonight 5pm (walk starts at 7pm)

Why: Light a lantern, fundraise and join an inspiring walk in support of blood cancer patients

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