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Little time, little funds — but loads of passion
Light the Night committee members, chairwoman Sandy Lankester, Bunbury Trotting Club manager Julie Caldwell and Bunbury Trotting Club events coordinator Kate Ryan-Taylor.

Light the Night is only a few days away, a fundraising event that organisers only had eight weeks to organise.

On Saturday at 8pm, kind-hearted people from the community will walk around Bunbury Trotting Club to light up the night with paper lanterns — in an effort to raise funds for The Leukemia Foundation.

Chairwoman of the local committee Sandy Lankester said The Leukemia Foundation had decided not to run a Light the Night eventin Bunbury this year.

‘‘I took it on because I didn’t want to see it go down the gurgler,’’ she said.

As the event is not being run by The Leukemia Foundation, the committee was not supplied with funds to organise the evening.

Events coordinator at the Bunbury Trotting Club Kate Ryan-Taylor said by holding Light the Night at the club, they have effectively saved $3000 it would take to close streets to do the walk.

‘‘We wanted to offer our premises and help at this fantastic fundraising event,’’ she said.

Ms Lankester said Bunbury Entertainment Agency owner Di Stewart had been great in helping to organise entertainment for the event.

‘‘We want to thank the volunteers for this,’’ Mr Lankester said.

Ms Lankester said she has already put up her hand to chair the project next year.

Sky Channel has accommodated their schedule to allow for the race times differing on Saturday’s meeting. The gates open at 3pm, and there will be a separate gate for people attending the races and the Light the Night event.

All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult, no alcohol is allowed to be brought in and there is a wet weather plan in place.

There will also be a sausage sizzle, face-painting and buskers — and donations will go to Light the Night.

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