Lanterns light the night for a good cause

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Event organiser Leigh Smithies leads the Light the Night supporters on their way.
Camera IconEvent organiser Leigh Smithies leads the Light the Night supporters on their way. Credit: Callum Hunter / South Western Times

More than 250 people took to the pathways around the Leschenault Inlet on Friday night for the annual Light the Night walk, an event which this year raised more than $10,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Coinciding with events around the nation, Light the Night Bunbury was based at the Bunbury Power Boat Club where participants were treated to live music, sausage sizzles and face paintings before the walk got under way at 7pm.

Brandishing blue, yellow and white lanterns and led by event organiser Leigh Smithies, the group made its way from the power boat club to the flag poles at the Pat Usher Foreshore via the Koombana Footbridge and back again.

“We’re absolutely rapt and still can’t believe how many people came out on Friday night and how generous everyone was,” Mrs Smithies said.

“It was amazing, we rang up local businesses and said what we were doing and they straight away said ‘yes and we’re on board’.”

Many of the resources utilised at the event including the venue, sausage sizzle ingredients, stage and audio equipment were supplied free of charge by the community and local businesses.

Before the walk started, Harvey mother Amanda Brown took to the stage to share her personal battle with Leukaemia and how it very nearly took the life of her eldest son Jamie.

“A big thank you to Amanda for sharing her family story,” Mrs Smithies said.

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