We’re lighting up the sails of the Sydney Opera House in gold for International Childhood Cancer Awareness month

September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and its signature colour is gold, representing the precious lives lost to childhood cancer. Supporters wear a gold ribbon and, around the world, iconic buildings and landmarks are also ‘wearing’ gold. We’re part of a team effort to light up in gold the majestic sails of the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

If you’re in Sydney, please join us at the Sydney Opera House on Friday 1 September for a candlelight vigil and watch the Opera House sails light up. The goal is to help raise awareness for childhood cancer research, while honouring all children diagnosed with cancer.

We’re inviting all families and friends touched by childhood cancer to attend, or submit a photo for our digital tribute wall. The tribute wall will celebrate the lives all kids affected by childhood cancer, past and present, and honour all the children who we couldn’t find a cure for soon enough. It’s going to be a very special night. Here are the details.

Date: Friday, 1 September 2017
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Place: Outside on the west side of the Sydney Opera House
Please arrive at the welcome desk between 5pm and 6pm.

5pm – 6pm Vigil participants arrive at welcome desk
Virtual Tribute Wall slideshow commences
6pm Short presentation by the Gold Ribbon team
6.30pm As the sun sets, the sails of the Opera House will start to glow gold
Virtual Tribute Wall slideshow commences
8pm Event concludes

You can download a fact sheet with more info and FAQs (pdf, 424KB).

Anne Johnston, Children’s Cancer Institute’s Head of Fundraising, said Light Up Gold for Kids is a collaboration with The Kids’ Cancer Project, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

“We are delighted to light the sails of the Opera House gold in a show of solidarity for all families affected by childhood cancer.”

“We believe that with the help of the community, one day we will be able to find a cure for every child.”

“This candlelight vigil and tribute wall is the perfect opportunity for families and friends to help raise awareness of the need for more childhood cancer research and honour the brave children who have had their lives affected by this insidious disease,” she said.

Landmarks worldwide light up gold

Australian landmarks going gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month include Queensland Parliament House and the Story Bridge in Brisbane, the Adelaide Oval Stadium and the Perth Concert Hall. And around the world, gold landmarks will include the Mont Blanc Bridge in Switzerland, Rockefeller Plaza in New York and the Skywheel at Niagara Falls.

Sydney Opera House by day
Sydney Opera House by day

The 1 September candlelight vigil at the Sydney Opera House runs from 5-8pm. We’re encouraging everyone to wear gold on the evening.

To secure your place or provide a photo for the tribute wall, please email us and stay tuned for more information. You can follow on social media using the hasthtag #gogoldforkids.

Top image: Sails in the sunset. The Sydney Opera House will be lit up in gold on 1 September, the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month around the world.



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