A Port Lincoln woman is organising a Light the Night event as thanks to the Leukaemia Foundation for their services.
Dannielle Miegel is organising the event on the Port Lincoln foreshore on October 5 and is raising funds to go towards the foundation’s services such as the Eyre Peninsula unit at the foundation’s village in Adelaide.
This was where her grandparents Janice and Brenton ‘John’ Miegel stayed during Mr Miegel’s battle with acute myeloid leukaemia last year.
They stayed at the unit for free for 131 days before Mr Miegel’s death in November.
Miss Miegel said her family was grateful for the service the Leukaemia Foundation provided and felt this was a great chance to give back.
She said 35 Australians each day were diagnosed with some form of leukaemia.
“I’ve done Dry July for the past two years...and I’ve seen this as a better opportunity to raise more money for the Leukaemia Foundation,” she said.
“It’s a good way to give back and you never know, it may be your family that needs help and support.
So far Miss Miegel has raised more than $300 and hopes to reach at least $500 with about 150 people taking part on the night.
Her grandmother Janice Miegel said she was supporting her granddaughter’s efforts and was thankful for the service she received from the Leukaemia Foundation during her husband’s treatment.
“They don’t let you get down in the dumps, they are always there and they’re always there to boost you,” she said.
Mrs Miegel said during her stay she also got to see the Light the Night event held in Adelaide last October and she said the amount of people there was “phenomenal”.
The Eyre Peninsula unit is one of 15 single and two storey units at the village which opened in 2013 following the tireless fundraising from a group of Eyre Peninsula people, led by Deb Campbell who died earlier this year.
People can find out more by visiting the Light the Night Port Lincoln Facebook page and can register for the event on the Leukaemia Foundation website.