Every single day, 34 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and unfortunately, this number continues to grow. The Leukaemia Foundation is committed to supporting initiatives and research to improve health outcomes for these patients, enabling more people to survive such a diagnosis.
Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual fundraising walk, which aims to raise $2 million this year. Families and friends will come together for a gentle walk carrying one of three coloured lanterns; gold to remember a loved one, white for their own blood cancer journey, or blue to show they care.
To show our support for this community event, the Power Tynan Charitable Trust recently presented Emma Quade from the Leukaemia Foundation with a $1,500 cheque.
“For seven years this event has provided locals with an opportunity to get together and celebrate their survivorship or remember a loved one lost,” said Emma. “It is an opportunity for individuals, businesses and groups to come along and walk alongside them to show support and let them know their community cares.”
This cause is extra meaningful for Power Tynan Charitable Trust representative Jane Kerridge, who has seen the support of the Leukaemia Foundation first hand.
“This fantastic organisation is very close to my heart after my twin sister was recently diagnosed with leukaemia,” said Jane. “She has undergone a bone marrow transplant and is currently staying in accommodation in Brisbane, which is fully funded by the Leukaemia Foundation, taking the financial stress out of the situation and ensuring she gets the best treatment possible, allowing her to be close to the hospital for appointments and checkups.”
As well as financially supporting Light the Night, members of the Power Tynan team will also be volunteering at the event, with our Executive Director Amanda Kenafake speaking on the night on behalf of the blue ‘supporters’ lantern holders.
Light the Night is being held at Queens Park in Toowoomba on Friday 7 October, and Lions Park – Quart Pot Creek in Stanthorpe on Saturday 8 October. For more information on a Light the Night event near you, visit http://www.leukaemiaqld.org.au/
LEFT: Jane Kerridge and Amanda Kenafake of Power Tynan present Emma Quade from the Leukaemia Foundation with a cheque for $1,500
A message from Laura Sullivan:
“Brendan & I would like to sincerely thank Power Tynan for their generous support.
After I was diagnosed with Leukaemia in early March, our lives were turned upside down. The support we have received from Power Tynan lessens the burden and greatly assists us.
We also greatly appreciate the love and support that many staff have offered us too. I would like to personally thank the Stanthorpe branch who have rallied exceptional support for my sister, Jane Kerridge, right from the very beginning. Power Tynan is a wonderful company, and should be proud of their kind & compassionate staff. Thank you!”