Light the Night

Light the Night's final show raises $33,000 to fund medical equipment

L to R: Greg Smith, Shaun Rennie and Monica Smith
L to R: Greg Smith, Shaun Rennie and Monica Smith

The Light the Night (LTN) grand finale brought cheers, tears and provided two vital pieces of medical research equipment valued at $33,000 for the research team at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. The enchanting charity benefit concert, inspired by Matthew Rennie, has raised awareness of the importance of blood donation, and over half a million dollars in support of leukaemia research over the past decade.

L to R: Shaun Rennie; Samantha, Monica, Jaime and Greg Smith
L to R: Shaun Rennie; Samantha, Monica, Jaime and Greg Smith

The final event took place in October 2014, and funded the purchase of:

  • an electroporator which genetically alters human stem cells and leukaemic cells, enabling researchers to study the role of key genes in the development of leukaemia or biology of blood stem cells; and
  • an inverted microscope with a fluorescence attachment which ensures the highest level of clarity and magnification for the visualisation of human cells, including stem cells and leukaemic cells, grown outside the human body.

Our most sincere thanks goes to Monica and Greg Smith and Shaun, Adam, Toni and Col Rennie as well as the artists, audience and volunteers that have worked so hard to raise funds for medical research into a cure for leukaemia over the past ten years.

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