Shining light on hope
WHEN Kevin Holland talks about his daughter, Kellie Cheers, his voice begins to falter then cracks.
In the following moments of silence, without saying another word, Kevin's pride, gratitude and love for his daughter are communicated loud and clear.
Kellie has been busy for weeks organising a fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation to be held on her Karangi farm this evening.
Her motivation for organising this event is her father.
"When my dad, Kevin, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma he was told he had about five years to live," Kellie said.
"It's been nine years since that diagnosis and I believe because of research into blood cancers we have had the chance to create more special memories to remember him by and while ever he keeps up the fight we won't give up on a cure.
"That's why we decided to hold a 'Light the Night Walk' so that more research can happen to bring us closer to finding cures."
Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundation's inspiring twilight walk.
To help cure blood cancer by raising funds for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma research; family, friends, colleagues and businesses shine lanterns of hope.
At 6pm tonight there will be an auction at Kellie's farm of goods and services donated by local businesses followed by an easy 10-minute twilight lantern walk.
Lanterns will be available at $20 each for those in the walk with all proceeds from the auction and lantern sales going to the foundation.
"Many local families have been touched by blood cancer and the Leukaemia Foundation was there for them - not just providing emotional support, but practical support like accommodation for families who need to move to the city for treatments.
"Hosting this Light the Night event is about doing something to help local families who have faced the challenges of blood cancer."
To be part of this evening's event contact Kellie on 0407 273 556 or sponsor her team, the "Karangi Lanterns", at http://www.lightthenight.org.au by following the link to NSW, private event.