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Loss drives singer to Light The Night

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Emma Louise Nisbet and Ned, 14, and Tom Broadbent, 16, will all perform at Light The Night this weekend.
Camera IconEmma Louise Nisbet and Ned, 14, and Tom Broadbent, 16, will all perform at Light The Night this weekend. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Taelor Pelusey

Emma Louise Nisbet and The Broadbent Brothers will perform at the Busselton amphitheatre this weekend for Light The Night.

The annual Leukaemia Foundation fundraiser will take place at the foreshore on Saturday.

Nisbet will kick off the entertainment from 5pm and brothers Tom and Ned Broadbent, 16 and 14 respectively, following from 6pm.

Nisbet, whose grandfather died from leukaemia at 45, was keen to be part of the event and reached out to community host Dawn Blanchard to offer her services.

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“My mum was only 19 when he died; he was really young,” she said.

“He was a singer too ... so it’s something I really wanted to be a part of.”

As well as being among the first to perform at the new amphitheatre, Tom said he was honoured to be a part of a good cause.

The Broadbent Brothers will finish at 7pm, then lanterns will light up before participants walk to the end of the jetty.

The spectacle aims to transform darkness into a sea of glowing light to beat blood cancer.

“Our lantern walk is very beautiful and uplifting and is a great way to show community support and celebrate the lives of loved ones lost,” Ms Blanchard said.

Since its inception in Busselton in 2014, Light The Night has raised $60,000 for the not-for-profit organisation and this year organisers hope to add a further $20,000 to the tally.

Supported by event sponsor Leeuwin Civil, this year’s event is ocean-themed and attendees are invited to dress up and bring a picnic blanket.

Ms Blanchard encouraged people to register at lightthenight.org.au before the event and donate $20 to guarantee a lantern for the walk.

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