It began with a festival atmosphere and it finished with an emotional walk of remembrance.
Friday’s Light the Night event was a chance for everyone – cancer survivors, grieving families and supportive loved ones – to reflect.
It is the third time Bendigo has hosted the annual fundraiser for blood cancer research.
Organisers were looking to build on their two-year tally of almost $30,000, which is donated to the Leukaemia Foundation.
More than 100 events like Bendigo’s are head around the country.
Thirty-five new blood cancer diagnoses are delivered every day.