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Ignite Walk Lights Up Lake Burley Griffin

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Photo: Jess Longmuir

It’s a Friday night in Canberra, the city is bustling with people despite it being cold and dreary. It is Autumn, so most people are rugged up and seeking the indoors where ever possible – except for those attending Canberra’s first Ignite walk.

The Ignite Walk is a fundraising event for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance comprising of three distances, a 7km, a 14km and a 21km, around Lake Burley Griffin.

The event MC encouraged attendees to buy glow in the dark merchandise or have their faces painted with neon paint.

The walk’s route was lit up by glow sticks and with every kilometre participants were greeted with a new glowing surprise.

The surprises included a light tunnel, butterflies on stilts, glow in the dark jugglers and several art installations from local artist Tommy Balogh.

When signing up for the event, attendees had the option to designate where their funds go, a unique element compared to the way many charities fund-raise.

Speaking to Canberra Weekly, Nathalie Maconachie the ACT Fundraising manager for the alliance said this was a key part of the event.

“We like people to feel that they are not funding for a general pot but for something that they feel passionate about.”

Despite the cold, the walk was a great way to spend a Friday night if Netflix isn’t your cup of tea.

For its first run, the walk can definitely be considered a success with over 1000 people in attendance and a total of $85,000 raised to help assist families dealing with cerebral palsy in the community.

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