MORE than $3000 was raised at the weekend’s Light the Night event.
About 150 people walked around the Bendigo Athletics Track at twilight on Saturday, shining lanterns of hope.
Gold lanterns were used to remember a loved one, white to reflect on those who live with blood cancer and blue to support others.
Event organiser Daryl Lynch said money raised would go to the Leukaemia Foundation.
“It went really well,” he said.
“For a first-time event, we were really happy with the numbers.
“We had people from all over Bendigo helping and, in terms of response, people said they really enjoyed being able to walk in honour of loved ones.”
Mr Lynch’s father was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that attacks plasma cells in bone marrow.
“We found out about the diagnoses and then about three days later my dad heard on the radio that the foundation was calling for someone in Bendigo to organise the event,” Mr Lynch said.
“I have a background in fundraising and thought it was a great idea.”