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Friday July 24th, 2015

Posted at 10:15am

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With lanterns ready to go, a unique fundraiser is finally making its way to Riverside Drive.

After enjoying success elsewhere, Light The Night is coming to Windsor. Taking place in front of the Peace Fountain at Coventry Gardens this Saturday, the event will benefit Returns For Leukemia.

Although it’s existed for years, this marks the first time the fundraiser will be held locally.

“The event was started by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and I wanted to bring one down to the Windsor area,” said Kingsville Beer Store manager and Windsor resident, Nick Russell. “The closest walk is in Toronto.”

For those unfamiliar with the night-time walk, participants raise leukemia awareness by carrying led lanterns. People taking part must also raise pledges in advance, with every cent going to research of the disease.

“Go to www.lightthenight.ca¬†and under walk locations scroll down to community walks,” said Russell about taking part. “You’ll see Windsor there. You can sign up and start to raise money. Since there is a short time left people can still raise money and we can make sure the money will be sent to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Anyone can donate at that link to any of the walkers already signed up as well.”

Although the organizer doesn’t expect a huge turnout for his first year, he is optimistic that the location and scenery will convince people to come out. Russell is especially hoping to see those battling leukemia, survivors and people who support the fight.

That doesn’t mean he won’t welcome other participants who want to help however.

“Light the Night not only raises money to help research but it also raises awareness,” said Russell. “With the walk taking place so close to Riverside Drive in a public Windsor park, I hope that more people will walk up off the street and join in as well.”

For More Information on the event, those interested can also visit its official page on facebook.

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