Child-care centre has 43 lanterns
FRIENDS Long Day Child-Care Centre at St. Vincent's Hospital was part of this year's huge Lismore Lantern Parade.
A group of about 70 parents and children carried 43 lanterns in the parade to represent the centre.
“We just thought it would be a fun thing to do,” centre director Katie Pennant said.
“We like to do things that foster a sense ofbelonging.”
The lanterns carried in the parade were all made by volunteers.
A lantern decorating session was held at the centre at which the child-ren were able to add their own touches to the lanterns.
Emily Oquist, of Lismore, with her daughters Molly and Frankie was one of the parents in the Friends contingent of the parade.
Ms Oquist said her children loved going to the lantern festival, and especially enjoyed being in the parade.
“It's always a great night,” Ms Oquist said.
“It's Lismore at its best.”
Many of the lanterns in the parade are made by LightnUp, the organisation behind the parade.
LightnUp depends on sponsorship from businesses and the Lismore City Council to pay part of the cost of the parade.
It also earns its way by doing work in other towns. This year LightnUp took part in World Refugee Day at Southbank, Brisbane.
On the Gold Coast it recently worked with Pacific Islander and Maori schoolchildren making a culturally specific lantern for their school.
The organisation runs annual lantern workshops and performs at the Bellingen Global Carnival and the Woodford Folk Festival.