Lismore lanterns light up refugees’ lives
LISMORE Lantern Parade Office was all abuzz early on Thursday as volunteers packed up around 60 lanterns making their way to Brisbane for the annual World Refugee Day Candlelight Walk and Lantern Parade at Southbank that night.
Lending their lanterns to the team behind the Southbank parade is something they've done for about five years, said artistic director of the Lismore Lantern Parade, Jyllie Jackson.
"It started off as just a very little thing and then we started doing the lanterns; and now it's huge, there's about 2000 people in the procession," Ms Jackson explained.
The Lismore Lantern Parade team was in Brisbane just last week, to do workshops with about 100 refugees and people of non-English speaking backgrounds, who were to carry the lanterns in the procession.
Ms Jackson said it was something they enjoyed participating in very much.
"The lanterns show that light in their hearts," Ms Jackson said.
"And it's bringing some light into their life.
"I met some young men who spent two days in a 6m boat with 120 people. Yes they're boat people, but they're good people."
After they make their way back to Lismore following the parade and unpack their truck, they'll be doing it all over again for the Racecourse Road Winter Lights Festival in Brisbane on June 15.
The money they make from these jobs goes towards the Lismore Lantern Parade.
- Lismore Lantern Parade is on June 22, from 5.30pm
- Begins at the corner of Market & Molesworth Sts
- Ends with the Fiery Finale at Oakes Oval
- Tickets: $10 for a seat in the grandstand, $7 in the bleachers, $2 to bring a blanket and sit on the grassy hill overlooking the finale or on the oval itself. Free entry for children under 12 yrs 'sitting on knees' or on the grass.