We’re here to listen, call us anytime you need to… learn more
Your browser is not supported by this website, please consider browsing the site in a modern browser.

News & media

Christmas lights shine for children with cancer

Snow in summer and a walk-through dome of twinkling, coloured lights are some of the hundreds of decorations making a Christmas wonderland to raise money for Redkite. 

Snow in summer, a life-sized Santa Claus on a rocking chair, and a walk-through dome full of twinkling coloured lights are just some of the hundreds of decorations making a Christmas wonderland for Melbourne residents from Sunday, 1 December. 

Mother-of-five, Rayleen Valkanis and her family, are giving their house in Glen Waverley a complete Christmas makeover to raise funds for Redkite, a leading national cancer support charity for children and their families.

The Valkanis family – including husband Jim, daughters Kimberley, Kayla, Kassy and Karissa, son Jim, and grandmother Eva – have been spreading Christmas joy throughout the community for 14 years with their dazzling Christmas lights display and carol sing-alongs.

“It’s great to see so many people come and experience the show,” Rayleen said. “We love doing it for the community and we love Christmas,” she added. 

Redkite delivers essential, practical support for families facing the unimaginable impacts of their child’s cancer. From grocery and fuel vouchers to keep food on the table and fuel in the car, to counselling to support families’ emotional wellbeing during a time of great distress, Redkite has been helping families for more than 35 years face the devastation of a cancer diagnosis. 

“It’s just such a fantastic charity. My daughter happened to mention Redkite and she wanted to raise money for a very worthwhile cause,” Rayleen said.

The Valkanis family encourage everyone to immerse themselves in the Christmas wonderland.

“Everyone needs to get out of the car to experience it and get a close look. While you’re exploring, we’d love people to donate to Redkite at the Wishing Well, which will be right next to our letterbox,” Jim said. 

Redkite CEO, Monique Keighery said she was touched by the generosity of the Valkanis family.  

“Cancer treatment and new diagnoses does not stop at Christmas. In fact, it can be the toughest time of year for families affected by childhood cancer both emotionally and financially. Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for Redkite’s counselling support service and our critical family financial assistance to keep food on the table and the lights on at home,” Ms Keighery said.

“As a charity that receives no government funding, we simply could not be there with our essential support without the generosity of families like the Valkanis’. What a special and beautiful way to give back to sick kids and their families this Christmas. Their Christmas lights and light show are not to be missed!” Ms Keighery added.

“This year we have supported Melbourne families and thousands across Australia who are often facing the enormous challenge of running two households: one in the hospital and one at home. This Christmas, we need to support even more families so we can help keep food on the table and the lights on at home over Christmas and beyond,” Ms Keighery said. 

This year, Redkite supported 264 families throughout Melbourne, with 146 families receiving financial assistance, 161 families receiving counselling services, and 42 young people receiving career and education support.

The Valkanis’ Christmas light shows will take place from dusk every night of the week and weekend from 1 December until late December at Windella Crescent, Glen Waverley. 

To ensure Redkite can continue providing essential counselling and financial assistance to families, and keep up with increased demand at this time, you can donate today.
Donate

Subscribe to stay up to date with redkite news

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Community
1st Jun

Family facing kidney cancer supports other families with cancer

The family of two-year-old Lincoln are taking on the Crunch 4 Kids challenge to help other families who have a child with cancer.

Family facing kidney cancer supports other families with cancer

The family of two-year-old Lincoln are taking on the Crunch 4 Kids challenge to help other families who have a child with cancer.

Community
21st Sep

Cancer gives Kyle, twice diagnosed with disease, a reason to run

Twice diagnosed with cancer, Kyle takes on the 4x4x48 Challenge this September to raise funds for Redkite.

Cancer gives Kyle, twice diagnosed with disease, a reason to run

Twice diagnosed with cancer, Kyle takes on the 4x4x48 Challenge this September to raise funds for Redkite.

Community
8th Jun

Crunch 4 Kids: Vinny’s Village supports families and kids with cancer

Vinny was diagnosed with cancer at two-months-old. His family is now raising funds for Redkite during Crunch 4 Kids.

Crunch 4 Kids: Vinny’s Village supports families and kids with cancer

Vinny was diagnosed with cancer at two-months-old. His family is now raising funds for Redkite during Crunch 4 Kids.

News
20th Jul

Canteen and Redkite make education and career a priority for young people

The team at Coles North Lakes in Queensland crushed their fundraising goal and raised $1127 in Redkite’s Crunch 4 Kids with Cancer.

Canteen and Redkite make education and career a priority for young people

The team at Coles North Lakes in Queensland crushed their fundraising goal and raised $1127 in Redkite’s Crunch 4 Kids with Cancer.