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Christmas lights done differently

Lorraine and Jeremy Stevenson. (Deanna Corrieri)

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THESE aren’t your normal Christmas lights.

This bright and colourful display of more than 400,000 lights are doing their bit to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis.

Lorraine and Jeremy Stevenson created the light wonderland to help raise funds and awareness for the disease after their granddaughter was diagnosed at three weeks old.

Put together over a six-week period with the help of volunteers, they aim to beat their $43,000 mark from last year and raise $50,000 for Cystic Fibrosis WA.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) affects primarily the lungs and digestive system due to a malfunction in the exocrine system that’s responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus.

There is currently no cure. 

Ms Stevenson said since their granddaughter’s diagnosis, it had been their mission to raise money and awareness about CF.

“She inspired us to do this,” she said.

“It’s one of those things where you feel helpless, you don’t know what you can do to help.

“We didn’t know what we could do to help, so we thought fundraising was our thing.”

Icons within the display include the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Big Ben and a three-meter-tall reindeer called Elvis.

Kids can enjoy a competition to spot different things around the display and everyone can get a photo in Santa’s sleigh.

“I’d like families to come and enjoy it because it is a community event,” Ms Stevenson said.

“If you can put a few dollars this way, it’s certainly going to help families that are really in need of this money to continue what they have to do to survive everyday.”

Mr Stevenson said it was a big effort to get the display finished, with the last lights going up the day before opening night.

“The big thing about the display is it’s interactive,” he said.

“We wanted to create this immersive display so people can take the time to walk around.

“Signboards are here to give people an insight into what it’s like to live with CF, because it not only effects the person who has the condition, but it’s devastating on the family as well.”

Mr Stevenson said even if you don’t like Christmas lights, it’s worth coming out and having a look.

“This is Christmas lights done differently,” he said.

“We are trying hard to raise money and people can donate by cash or card.”

The display is open from 7pm till 10pm each night, except Christmas Day, until December 29 at 137 Mueller Street, Gledhow.

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