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What is Light the Night?

You can help more Australians beat blood cancer by joining Light the Night, the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual fundraising walk.

More than 60,000 Australians are living with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder and every day, another 35 Australians will be diagnosed.

Sadly, every two hours someone will lose their life. You can bring a little light into the lives of others by shining a lantern with family and friends, and raising funds in advance tosupport our vision to beat blood cancer.

It’s a good feeling to walk in solidarity but helping more people live longer and better doesn’t come free.

The Leukaemia Foundation needs to fundraise $2 million. You can help by simply raising $100 before you walk. It is easy to do if you sign up early and use the ideas include in your fundraising kit. The Leukaemia Foundation team will also be in touch to offer you help along the way.

The money you raise will give families the emotional and practical support they need, and fund research to help more Australians live longer and have a better quality of life. Join a walk today to reserve your lantern and receive your kit in time to raise $100 before you walk and shine your lantern with pride.

Hosts in regional and rural towns in all states and territories will stage their own events to ensure more Australians than ever will feel part of this beautiful evening.

Families and friends will come together for a gentle walk at twilight, 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. 

Find your nearest walk

When is Light the Night?

Most Light the Night walks will take place at dusk on Friday 6 October 2017. However, some events held in regional towns and organised by the local community might be held on different dates. 

Light the Night is a fundraising walk and we encourage you to raise money before the big night. We're asking everyone to raise just $100 among their friends and family - money that will go on to help more Australians beat blood cancer.

Click here to find the date, time and location of the walk nearest you.

Are my online donations secure?

Yes they are.  We keep all your information safe. 

Leukaemia Foundation Australia has engaged FrontStream as its online fundraising software provider. Your privacy is important to FrontStream. FrontStream collects the data you submit through this Internet-based tool (personal information, answers to survey questions, donor data, etc.) and distributes it to Leukaemia Foundation Australia. Leukaemia Foundation Australia owns this data. FrontStream does not sell any personal information that it collects. 

Their systems for accepting credit cards are at the highest security level so you can donate and sponsor online with complete confidence.

The Leukaemia Foundation doesn't have access to your credit card details at all. They are only used by our providers when dealing directly with the bank through their secure computer systems. 

To double check that a webpage is secure make sure it starts with the letters https:// - the 's' means secure.

Read about our privacy policy

Are pets allowed?

They're not. We want everyone who attends Light the Night to have a great night and be safe and that means pets are not allowed at Leukaemia Foundation hosted walks. The event takes place in low light conditions and on narrow paths, which often run alongside water and roads, and pets can cause those walking to trip and hurt themselves. We know pets are much loved members of the family for many, but we ask you to please leave them at home when you attend Light the Night.

Are pushers, bicycles or skateboards allowed?

Light the Night can be busy and we walk as it gets dark.

It's safest not to bring bicycles or skateboards to the event. If you cycle to an event, please lock your bike up outside of the venue. 

We're happy for you to bring pushers and wheelchairs, as long as the route is suitable (some walks are narrow or include steps or stairs).  Check with the host of your local walk or call us on 1800 500 088 if you have specific needs.  

Can a group of us take part?

 Light the Night is best enjoyed with the people closest to you and we encourage you to take part with a big group of family, friends and workmates.

If you’ve already registered, log back in to the website and you can upgrade you profile to a group.

Once you've set up a group you can then send emails inviting people to join by using the 'Recruit Group Members' option.

Can I accept a cheque from my sponsors?

Yes, you can take cheques to the bank along with any cash donations people have made. Use a deposit slip from your Light the Night kit when you bank your cash and cheques.  Make sure they make any cheques are made payable to the Leukaemia Foundation. Whether it's a cash, cheque or an online donation, the money you raise before you walk will go on to help more Aussies beat blood cancer.

Can I donate to the whole group and not just one person in the group?

Yes you can! Click donate at the top of any page on this website and then click the 'Donate to a group' button. From there you'll be able to search for the Group Name.

Once you've found the group you're looking for, click on its name and you'll see a button which says 'Donate now'. The money you give will contribute to the group's total, not any one individual.

Can I download your logo or any pictures?

There are lots of useful downloads to help you encourage your family, friends and workmates to join you at Light the Night.  Log in to your online fundraising hub to see all your available downloads.

Can I get a replacement receipt?

If you lost your tax receipt, we can issue a duplicate.  Call us with the details of your donation and we’ll email you a replacement.  Our number is 1800 500 088.

Note, the duplicate is clearly marked ‘duplicate’ so you can’t claim twice.

Can I knock on doors in my street to ask for donations?

Please don’t doorknock your neighbourhood to collect sponsorship or promote Light the Night.  In many council areas around Australia, doorknocking is illegal without a special permit.

Can I organise and host my own event?

Please do! The Leukaemia Foundation stages flagship events in capital cities and major regional centres but we welcome our supporters hosting fundraising walks in their own communities.

It can be as simple as a few families gathering in the local park to a big event supported by your local council. How big or small is up to you. We just ask that those attending your event each raise $100 among their friends, family and workmates to help more Australians survive their blood cancer.

Click here to complete a simple form and we will send you all the information you need to get started, or you can call us on 1800 500 088.

We will also:

  • promote your event on the Light the Night website
  • send you a host kit as well as all the necessary documents and guidelines
  • offer advice, ideas and tips for successful event.

Can I show what people have pledged before I bank the money?

Our system only displays your fundraising once it’s in the bank.

You can add cash and cheque donations to your total quickly, easily and securely online by using your credit card using the 'Pay-in' feature on your online fundraising hub.

Alternatively, take your cash and cheque donations to the bank with the deposit slips in your Light the Night kit.

Can I volunteer to help?

Absolutely! Light the Night wouldn't be possible without the effort of our wonderful volunteers and we're now urgently looking for passionate and energetic volunteers to join the team. There are lots of different opportunities on offer and by sparing your time you'll be helping more Australians beat blood cancer.

Register your interest today to volunteer at Light the Night and we'll be in touch soon.

Can my children get a lantern if they don’t raise $100?

Yes. If you let us know the number of children attending in advance, we will have a lantern for them to collect when they arrive with you.

You can add your children when you sign up or add them on your online fundraising hub after you have registered by clicking 'Update answers'. If you're bringing children, it'd be great if you could let us know as early as possible but no later than the night before your walk.

Can my donation be anonymous?

Yes, you can request privacy for your name and/or the amount you’ve donated.  As you make your donation you’ll be asked if you’re happy to display your name and the amount on the registrant's Giving Page.  Click the boxes as you wish.

Can we bring a banner to carry?

Please do. Make sure it’s flexible enough to let you through narrower parts of the walk, and is not too heavy for people to carry! 

Can we print our own T-shirts?

Yes, but you can only put the Light the Night logo on the back not the front; that’s reserved for our special shirts.  We sell T shirts online, too, in our online shop.

Can’t I just buy a lantern on the night?

We prefer that you to sign up in advance for a few important reasons. Firstly, signing up in advance reserves lanterns for you and any children coming with you.

It also gives you time to raise $100 before Light the Night.

Finally, it helps us to run an event that you will love! Everything from security, catering, numbers of volunteers can be better planned if we know how many people will turn up. Just think of it like an RSVP to one of your own parties.

If you really aren’t able to commit to coming advance, you may be able to collect a lantern on the night, but only if one is available. We ask for a $20 donation for each lantern.

Do I have to raise money?

Yes. Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual fundraising walk to help more Australians beat blood cancer.

This year, our walkers will together try to raise the $2 million needed to improve survival rates and quality of life among those impacted by lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma.

We can achieve that if everyone walking raises just $100. That will cover the costs of giving one person immediate emotional support after diagnosis, and one hour of life-changing blood cancer research. 

Join the walk to reserve your lantern and receive your kit in time to help you reach your goal before you walk. 

You can easily raise $100 by holding a cupcake sale or sausage sizzle at work. You only need 50 people to support you with $2 to reach $100.

Your online fundraising hub gives you all the tools to hit your total, and we'll also be in touch to help if you need it.

Do my children need to sign up?

No, you don’t need to register under 18s individually. But, if you are bringing children along, we do ask you tell us they're coming. This ensures we have enough lanterns to set aside for you on the night. 

You can add your children when you sign up or add them on your online fundraising hub after you have registered by clicking 'Update answers'. If you're bringing children, it'd be great if you could let us know as early as possible but no later than the night before your walk.

Does everyone need to raise $100?

We’re asking every adult to raise $100 so that we can give another family immediate emotional support after diagnosis, and fund another hour of blood cancer research.

If you form a Group for Light the Night you're able to set a group fundraising target, too.

Does the Leukaemia Foundation help people with lymphoma?

Yes, we help patients and families impacted by all blood cancers and related disorders, inclduing lymphoma, leukaemia, myeloma, amyloidosis, aplastic anaemia, MDS and MPN.

Visit the Leukaemia Foundation website for more information.

How can I invite people to join my group?

Group leaders can log in to their online fundraising hub and send an email to invite people to join their group. The email contains a link - click that and you’ll be taken to the group’s page. Click the ‘Join this group’ button and follow the instructions from there.

How do I delete a message on my wall?

If someone's written something you don't like you can delete it.

Log in and look at your message wall.  There's a little X to the right of the name of the person who wrote each message.  Click the X and you can delete the message so it doesn't show anymore.

How do I donate to someone?

Donating online to someone taking part in Light the Night is quick, easy and secure. First click donate at the top of any page on this website and ensure the 'Donate to a walker' button is blue. From there you'll be able to search for the person you'd like to sponsor by typing in their first and/or last name.

Once you've found the person you're looking for, click on their name and you'll see a button that says 'Donate'.

You can also give cash or a cheque to the person you want to donate to.  They will then deposit your donation into the bank.

The money you give to your friend, family member of workmate will help improve survival rates and quality of life among those impacted by a blood cancer diagnosis - thank you. 

How do I get my lantern?

Everyone who registers before Light the Night will have a lantern automatically reserved for them - just tell us what colour you want when your register. You no longer need to register under 18s for Light the Night but you do need to let us know the number of children attending in advance so we can have a lantern for them to collect when they arrive with you. 

If you really aren’t able to commit to coming advance, you may be able to collect a lantern on the night if one is available. We will ask for a $20 donation for each lantern.

How do I join a group?

You can join a group in a couple of ways.

If you haven't yet signed up to Light the Night, you need find a walk near you here then click the blue 'Join the walk...' button.

You'll then see an option to join a group. Then select 'Join an existing group'. Once you've done that you will be able to search for a group by typing in its name.

If you have already registered individually and now want to join a group, you can do that by logging into your online fundraising hub here.

How do I pay in any cash or cheque donations?

Encouraging people to make an online donation via your unique Giving Page is a quick, easy and very secure way to raise money. But if people do donate cash or cheques to your total, there are a couple of easy way to add them to your total.

  • Log in to your fundraising area and choose the "Pay-in Funds" option.  You can then pay in the funds using your own credit card or PayPal. You can also list the names of family and friends on your donor board to recognise their support.
  • Collect any cash and cheques and take them to any branch of the bank listed on the deposit slips in your kit

Remember, if you raise just $100 it will be enough to cover the lab costs on a major blood cancer research project for two hours.

How do I register?

It's quick and easy to register online. First, find your nearest walk and then click the blue 'Join the walk...' button.

Click here to find your nearest walk (you can search by postcode or state).

We’ll ask you for some basic contact information including an email address (it’s the cheapest way for us to contact you). We’ll also ask you for a username and password so you can log in to your online fundraising hub and ask people to walk with you or help you hit your total.

We like to have your address and phone number so we can send you more information about the event and help you with ideas for raising $100 before you walk.

How do people find my Giving Page?

The easiest way is to send your family, friends and workmates a link directly, or post the link on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Log in to our website and click ‘Get donors’. Then follow the instructions to send an email to everyone you know containing this special link.

Alternatively, people can search for you on our website by clicking the ‘Donate’ button. They can then look up your name or your group’s name.

Once they’ve found your Giving Page, it's simple and secure for your generous supporters to donate online.

How long is the walk?

Most walks are less than three kilometres, which takes under an hour to complete at a leisurely pace.

No particular level of fitness is required. Some events have a shorter walk or will simply be a gathering, especially at community events in regional centres.

Give us a call on 1800 500 088 if you would like to know more about a Leukaemia Foundation-organised walk, or contact the event organiser if you're walking at a community-run event. 

How many people are affected by blood cancers?

More than 60,000 Australians are living with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder. And every day another 35 people are diagnosed. 

Sadly, every two hours another Australian loses their life to blood cancer, which claims more lives than breast cancer or melanoma.

If I buy a T-shirt can the money raised be added to my fundraising total?

Our online shop is run by a separate company and they donate 33% of the purchase price from all hats, T-shirts and other merchandise to the Leukaemia Foundation.  As this fundraising is done separately from Light the Night we can't add it to your total.  But the money you spend will be helping our important cause, so please buy with confidence!

Is Light the Night covered by public liability insurance?

The Leukaemia Foundation has standard public liability insurance of $50 million, which covers standard fundraising including Light the Night.

If you are an Event Host, the Leukaemia Foundation has public liability insurance to cover your event and volunteers subject to you ensuring everyone is shown what to do and that everything you plan is safe and sensible.  You will be covered once you have received a letter from the Leukaemia Foundation confirming your authority to fundraise, as well as a copy of the public liability certificate.

Is there a Light the Night Facebook page?

Absolutely! It’s a great way to share stories and photos with other people taking part and keep up-to-date with the latest news. Click here to visit our Light the Night Facebook page - don't forget to Like the page and, if you're heading to a walk organised by the Leukaemia Foundation,  join the walk's individual Facebook Event!

My donation isn’t showing on a participant’s page?

You may have made a general donation to Light the Night instead of sponsoring a particular person.  Check the email you’ve received from us and then call 1800 500 088 so we can move your donation to the right spot.

Or you may have requested privacy while you were making your donation.  If so, your donation will show as ‘Privacy requested’ on the page.

We want to bring children, do they get a lantern too?

Everyone who registers before Light the Night will have a lantern automatically reserved for them. You no longer need to register under 18s for Light the Night but you do need to let us know the number of children attending in advance so we can have a lantern for them to collect when they arrive with you. 

If you would like to reserve a lantern for your children, you do so in a couple of ways 

  1. When you register, tick the box 'I'm bringing children with me' and then list their name(s) and lantern colour required.
  2. If you have already registered, tell us if you're bringing children by clicking 'Update answers'

If you're bringing children, it'd be great if you could let us know as early as possible but no later than the night before. That way we can ensure everyone gets a lantern.

What does banked funds mean on my Giving Page?

When you take funds to the bank, they show up on your fundraising total a couple of days later. 

As the money you’ve banked comes from lots of different sponsors, we display the amount you banked as ‘Banked Funds’. 

This will show each time you take money to the bank.

What does Privacy Requested mean?

If a sponsor wants to remain anonymous, they can.  We will display ‘Privacy requested’ on Giving Pages instead.  The same applies to any walker who doesn’t want to appear on the scoreboards. 

Walkers can log in and change this if you’d like your name to appear or disappear.

What does the Leukaemia Foundation do?

The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity that helps more Australians with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders survive their blood cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.

Thanks to our supporters we're able to provide families impacted by blood cancer with the emotional and practical support they need, while funding life-saving research in the lab.

Visit the Leukaemia Foundation website for more information about how we're working with our supporters to beat blood cancer.

What happens if it rains?

In most cases Light the Night walks will go ahead - rain or shine!

Some events may be moved indoors, postponed, or the walk route may be changed if the weather makes it unsafe.

We always publish details on this website or Facebook - so search for your event and double check before you walk, and Like us on Facebook.

If your event is changed at the last minute, and we have your email address or phone number, we'll email or call you to let you know what's happening.

What if I need to give someone a receipt?

Encourage people to make an online donation via your unique Giving Page.  It's quick, easy and we'll email a receipt to your donor straight away.

If people give you cash or cheques there are a couple of easy ways to add them and issue a receipt.

1. Log in to your fundraising hub and choose the "Pay-in Funds" option. You can then pay in the funds using your own credit card or PayPal and we'll email a receipt directly to your donor.

2. Otherwise pay in the money at any branch of nab, then download this form and send it in to the Leukaemia Foundation. We'll create a receipt and send it back to you to hand to your donor.

What is my Giving Page?

Your Giving Page is what your friends, family and workmates see when they arrive on your online fundraising hub. It allows them to donate to your total and help you hit your $100 goal. You can also use your Giving Page to make a donation yourself or top up your total with money that has been given to you in other ways like cash or a bank transfer.

You can personalise your page with a photo and a description of your reasons for taking part. This will help encourage people to donate - and maybe even give you a little extra! Your supporters can also post comments on your wall to show they care. 

With no receipt books this year, your Giving Page is the best way to raise the money that will help more Australians beat blood cancer.

What is my online fundraising hub?

When you log in to the website, you have access to a set of fundraising tools on something called your online fundraising hub. It's here you can: 

  • send emails to ask for support
  • track your fundraising results
  • Using your own credit card, pay in any money you have collected 
  • Upgrade to a group and invite people to join you
  • Update any of your contact details and change your password
  • Set a fundraising goal for yourself - we suggest $100. 
  • You can accept or delete comments from other people

We've made your online fundraising hub as simple and easy-to-use as possible but if you have any problems or need a hand, give us a call on 1800 500 088.

What is the money I raise used for?

Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual fundraising walk that helps more Australians beat blood cancer by improving survival rates and quality of life. 

The Leukaemia Foundation needs to raise $2 million during Light the Night this year to continue its vital work. You can help the Leukaemia Foundation reach this target by raising $100. 

Every $100 you raise means another hour of emotional support for someone diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and another hour of research in the lab, helping more Australians beat their blood cancer.

What should I do if my fundraising kit hasn’t arrived

Your kit should take five to seven working days to reach you once you have registered. If it hasn't arrived, call 1800 500 088 and speak to the Light the Night team in your state.

Where can I buy t-shirts and hats?
Where do I find the media centre or press office?

We have a special section for journalists and other people who work in the media. Click here to access fact sheets, media releases and other useful information.

Who can take part?

Anyone can participate in Light the Night, including family, friends, schools, community groups, clubs, hospitals, pubs, hotels and businesses large and small.

It doesn't matter how old you are or if you have a connection to blood cancer. Everyone is welcome to shine their own special lantern:

  • Gold, to remember a loved one
  • White, for your own blood cancer journey, or
  • Blue, to support others and help beat blood cancer

Join a walk by September to reserve your lantern and receive your kit in time to reach your fundraising goal before you walk. Then shine a lantern with pride on the night.

Why can’t I find the walker I’m looking for?

There could be a few reasons. 

  • Check your spelling – if in doubt type in fewer letters of their name (remember, you’ll get more results this way)
  • Try searching for their group's name instead
  • The person may have requested not to be searchable by the public. In which case, you won’t find them. Get in touch some other way and ask them to email you a direct link to their Giving Page.

Why can’t I open the tax receipt?

We send you an email when you make an online donation and attach your tax receipt as a PDF document.  Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe PDF Reader.  Occasionally things get corrupted in emails, so contact us and we’ll issue a replacement.

Why can’t someone make an online donation to me?

From time to time errors do occur on the website. Check any error message your sponsor received to see if there is a reason why the credit card was declined (such as the wrong number or expiry date typed in).

Keep an eye on the credit card statement to see if the transaction was charged to the card.

If there’s still a problem, either email us or call the Light the Night team in your state on 1800 500 088.

Why do I have to agree to the terms and conditions?

It’s a requirement of our insurance cover that we make everyone aware of the health and safety aspects of the event.  The risks with this event are very minor;  it’s really very safe as long as you use common sense and read our “how to” guide on this site.

It’s also important we have your permission to use any photos we take of you at a public event.

Why do I need to register in advance?

We prefer that you to sign up in advance for a few important reasons. Firstly, signing up in advance reserves lanterns for you and any children coming with you.

It also gives you time to raise $100 before Light the Night.

Finally, it helps us to run an event that you will love! Everything from security, catering, numbers of volunteers can be better planned if we know how many people will turn up. Just think of it like an RSVP to one of your own parties.

If you really aren’t able to commit to coming advance, you may be able to collect a lantern on the night, but only if one is available. We ask for a $20 donation for each lantern.

Why doesn’t my banking show on my page?

We need a couple of days for the money to get from your bank to our bank account, then we upload the information to your page. 

If it’s not showing after 3 business days, contact us and we’ll check it out.  Chances are the bank missed a couple of digits in your unique number on the deposit slip. 

We’ll have the money we just won’t know it’s yours.  So tell us how much you banked and when and we’ll match everything together for you.

Why don’t I have a receipt book in my kit?

We no longer supply receipt books to those raising money during Light the Night. If someone asks for a receipt you will be able to provide them one using the tools on your online fundraising hub. Log in here.

Encouraging people to make an online donation via your unique Giving Page is a quick, easy and very secure way to raise money. 

If people give you cash or cheques there are a couple of easy ways to add them and issue a receipt.

1. Log in to your fundraising hub and choose the "Pay-in Funds" option. You can then pay in the funds using your own credit card or PayPal and we'll email a receipt directly to your donor.

2. Otherwise pay in the money at any branch of nab, then download this form and send it in to the Leukaemia Foundation. We'll create a receipt and send it back to you to hand to your donor.

Remember, if you raise just $100 it will be enough to cover the costs of giving one family immediate emotional support and one hour of blood cancer research.

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