A group of locals set off on a lantern parade.
A group of locals set off on a lantern parade.

Lanterns light up lives

THE North Coast Regional Botanic Garden was glowing gold, white and blue as people gathered with lanterns for the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night fundraiser.

Lines of lanterns signalled 'love, life and hope' with the colours signifying a different message, gold to remember a loved one, white to reflect a life with blood cancer and blue to support others.

The Leukaemia Foundation's Peree Watson said 80 people turned out and luckily the rain held off for them.

"It was a lovely evening with Cr Denise Knight as our wonderful MC and local performers including a choir from the conservatorium, Coffs Mixture bush poets and the teenage duo Vibrations," Ms Watson said.

"There was a real mixture of lanterns and it was sad to see that a lot were gold but also heartening to see that the majority were blue lanterns in a show of support."

Giving hope to people with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders, the event happens across Australia with families, friends and work colleagues gathering at twilight to shine their lanterns and show their support.

It is hoped the event will raise $1.5 million in NSW.

Those at the Botanic Garden were not the only locals contributing to this goal through their purchase of lanterns.

Woolgoolga residents gathered at the RSL on Saturday night and were encouraged to carry solar-powered coloured lanterns on a walk around town.

Ms Watson said the community support at both local Light the Night events was 'amazing'.

"This is the first year that we have run the event in regional areas," said Ms Watson.

"We wanted to get it happening up the coast so that patients can attend with their families and don't need to travel to a city to be involved".



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