Festive lights to the rescue

CONTINUING a tradition spanning well over a decade, residents of Trinity Drive, Goonellabah, have lit up their homes in their annual Christmas lights display, raising money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Helicopter fundraising manager Zeke Huish said the light-up was an important fundraiser just before Christmas, which is often the helicopter's busiest time of the year.

During the light-up, Santa and his helicopter helpers collect donations and hand out lollies and good wishes.

The event has raised on average $10,000 a year. This year will be the 16th time Trinity Drive has staged the event.

Residents Peter and Denise Harley were one of the original families to begin the display and can't believe how much it has grown.

"I never thought it would last this long," Mr Harley said.

The light-up always creates a wonderful sense of community among residents and visitors, he said.

"It brings the street together. It's really magnificent," he said. "It's spectacular when it's dark."

This may be the last year, however, that the Harleys light up their Trinity Drive home.

They are planning a move to Lennox Head next year after 19 years in the neighbourhood.

"We'll miss it, but we'll definitely come up and look at it each year," Mr Harley said.


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