Jeremy and Lorraine Stevenson working on biggest Christmas lights display yet to support Cystic Fibrosis WA
Albany couple Lorraine and Jeremy Stevenson are going bigger than ever with year’s Christmas lights spectacular for Cystic Fibrosis WA.
The Gledhow grandparents started their now famous lights display four years ago to help raise money and awareness for CFWA in support of their granddaughter, who has the condition.
This year, their Christmas spirit promises to reach new heights with an extra 40,000 lights, including 5000 roses symbolising the children and families affected by CF.
That will take the total number of globes to about 450,000.
CF is a genetic disorder that requires ongoing and lifelong treatment, frequent medical appointments and daily medications.
“It’s a life-shortening disease which currently has no cure, but we are making progress on both a treatment and hopefully a cure,” Mr Stevenson said.
“That’s what we are about, we are about trying to raise some funds for CF and just as importantly, awareness.”
The Stevensons’ Christmas lights display on Mueller Street features information about CF and aims to help people understand the effects of the condition on children and their families.
With their light bulb count increasing, the Stevensons are also expecting attendance to jump.
“The season this year is longer, we have a 27-night season,” Mr Stevenson said.
“We are open from 7pm, so that the young kids have an opportunity to come along, see the reindeer and have a pat and then we close at 10pm.
“Santa Claus will be here at least five times.
“We haven’t finalised his itinerary yet but he will definitely be here on opening night.”
The Stevensons started setting up this year’s display in early October ahead of a December 2-29 season.
Mr Stevenson said he wanted to thank the City of Albany for their support in granting them regional event status.
“I’d also like to give a big shout out to the businesses and community groups who have chipped in and helped support what we do here,” Mr Stevenson said.
“We need a team of 12 people to run the lights each night so we have enough people to help take photos, for crowd control, traffic control and all the other jobs that need to be done.”
This year’s event will provide priority parking for those who might struggle to walk the full 350m Christmas lights trail.
Two wheelchairs are also available on request.
To book a wheelchair, call the Stevensons on 0427 183 688.
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