Stars step up to support charity
event that raised over $400,000
for leukaemia research
IT was announced this week that LIGHT THE NIGHT (LTN) will celebrate 10 years with a final benefit concert at the City Recital Hall Angel Place on Monday October 27.
The annual benefit has been raising money and awareness for leukaemia research over the past decade. To date, over $400,000 has been donated to The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation, targeting a cure for leukaemia.
Hosting the 2014 concert will be international musical therapist and hilarious YouTube sensation, Jan van de Stool. Jan is a LTN favourite having hosted the concert for the past couple of years, and notoriously drawn the LTN raffle with her own unique flair.
Performers at this celebration will include musical theatre favourites Lucy Durack (Wicked, Legally Blonde) and Trevor Ashley (Priscilla Queen of The Desert, Les Misérables) as well as jazz chanteuse, Emma Pask who is best known for her continuing collaboration with noted Australian virtuoso James Morrison.
There will also be a number of special guest appearances from past hosts including Rob Mills (Grease, Legally Blonde) and TV host Brendan Moar (Dry Spell Gardening).
LIGHT THE NIGHT is inspired by Matthew Rennie, a brave man who fought a three year battle against leukaemia. Sadly, Matthew passed away shortly before the 2007 concert but has been well remembered.
LIGHT THE NIGHT was created by Matthew’s two brothers, musical theatre performers Shaun and Adam Rennie, with friends Monica Smith and Greg Smith.
Shaun Rennie is thrilled to be celebrating 10 successful years. “It is with great pride, much excitement and a little sadness that we announce that this years LTN will be our 10th and final event,” he said.
“My brother Matthew was an amazing young man who has continued to inspire others to help in the fight against this disease for the past 10 years. Having raised over $400,000 for leukaemia research is an incredible legacy. It seems right that this years LTN will be held on the anniversary of Matt’s passing, and we invite everyone who has been a part of the LTN family over the past 10 years to come and celebrate with us. It’s going to be one hell of a show!”
All monies raised from this year’s concert will fund the LIGHT THE NIGHT Research Grant that supports a promising new Gene Control in Acute Leukaemia project being undertaken by St Vincent’s Hospital’s Haematology Research Team.
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